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"I'm Anne Marie for totally in the newsroom at the Wall Street Journal, the US State Department is calling furloughed employees back to work at the start of the next pay period, which is January twenty second for most workers in a memo to employees is the department said it will be able to pay most of them at that time, but won't be able to cover the previous pay period until congress appropriates funding for the fiscal year. The parent company of movie pass is looking to spin off the subscription service movie pass has been struggling following service outages and a Lawson subscribers it's also facing competition from AMC's new service stubs a list and Johnson and Johnson is teaming up with apple for a research study on apple watches ability to detect irregular heart rhythms. The study expected to begin sometime. This year will involve using Johnson and Johnson's heart health monitoring app on apple watch for more details. Head to wsJcom or the w s j app.
State Department cybersecurity issues. Iron Group's pseudoransomware. Bristol Airport's deliberate recovery. State of cryptojacking. Facebook offers campaigns help. US cyber strategy. Mirai masters.
"The US State Department acknowledges an Email breach the criminal gang iron group is hitting targets with data stealing and data destroying pseudo ransomware. Bristol airport continues its slow recovery from whatever hit at the end of last week. A crypto mining study is out. Facebook offers help to political campaigns. The new US cyber strategy is out. I see owes get regulation and Marie masters get suspended sentences in recognition for the help they've rendered the government. A few words from our sponsor silence. They're the people who protect our own end points here at the cyber wire, then you might consider seeing what silence can do for you. You probably know all about legacy antivirus protection. It's very good as far as it goes, but guess what? The bad guys know all about it too. It will stop the skids, but to keep the savvier hoods hands off your end points. Silence thinks you need something better. They've just introduced version two point, three of silence optics. 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The breach occurred earlier this year, and the principal concern is exposure of personal information. The department acknowledged the breach after politico obtained and asked about a sensitive, but unclassified memo dated September. Seventh, at that point state said, yes, they had sustained a breach that it was of course a sensitive matter that remained under investigation and that it had notified the employee's whose data were exposed. The department told, politico quote, this is an ongoing investigation, and we are working with partner agencies as. As well as the private sector service provider to conduct a full assessment and quote, the private sector service provider would be Microsoft. The State Department uses office three sixty five to handle its unclassified Email. The State Department has received a good deal of stick over the incident. And while state is by no means the only offender it's recently come under senatorial scrutiny over some reports by internal and external investigators that suggest that all is not as secure as it should be over in foggy bottom a letter on September. Eleventh from senators Wyden democrat of Oregon, Paul Republican of Kentucky Markey democrat of Massachusetts Gardner Republican of Colorado and Shaheen democrat of New Hampshire task. The department with failure to meet federal cyber security standards, particularly with respect to authentication. With insecurity. There's the common notion of hard versus soft targets to a certain degree that self explanatory with hard targets having the most sophisticated and in-depth defense. There's a good bit of nuance when it comes to soft targets and Ray Watson from macer g joins us to explain self targets is one of those words kind of like cyber security or cloud that really depends on the context in which it's being used. But in general of for something to be a soft target, it typically is a smaller budgeted company. It usually has a less likelihood to do full incident response after an issue. And when we talk about what is a soft target, you usually talk in terms of the three s.'s which would be the amount that they spend on cyber defenses, the sophistication of both defenses and the response, and then also the ongoing support that they would be expected to receive. Now. Disol- target typically know that there are soft target. Just think that there's definitely some groups out there that recognize that tried to defend themselves from adversaries on the public internet is probably outside of what they can do in their day-to-day operations. Specifically, a churches and nonprofit groups, and NGOs might be particularly aware of the fact that they are somewhat soft targets. But then there are some other folks out there where there's a lot of debate about whether we would classify this as a soft target. And the best example of this is our skater and industrial control systems, where as a lot of people consider those to be because of the large, the size of the attack surface, they consider those to be soft targets. Whereas a lot of the other folks on the other side are saying, we're doing absolutely everything we can to harden those to patch those into get them so that they're, they're that they are actually hard so, but. Trust that to me. I mean, I think you've you make a good point that there's certainly no lack of attention being paid on skater systems, so so you're saying it's really the the size of the attack surface despite trying to Batten down the hatches. They may still have some, I guess, a soft underbelly if he will sure. That's sort of comes from the national security implications when they talk about things like terroristic targets, right? It has to do with the surface area divided by the amount of defenses that you have available to it. So and in the cyber world is a little bit different because there's also in tire categories of places that hold your data, hold your data as a consumer, your data as a business that their entire business should be considered somewhat of a soft target. And the reason I'm even bringing this up is because what was in the news a couple days ago was the Russian Orthodox church had been breached by a one of the nation states hacking groups that were out. Out there, and it really made me think of the fact that so many churches out there have data that we wouldn't necessarily want shared about out us to the world and certainly data that we wouldn't want added to an online data profile in some government database out there, but it's not really something that we talk about when we talk about a defenses and then the just very, very next day, Air Canada, maked around twenty thousand records for their passengers. And even though everyone thought I well, how sensitive could that data be? It actually turns out several thousand of them had their full passport information saved into their profile. So in that scenario, it's not just the fact that the tax surfaces wide it also has to do with the fact that it's not necessarily protected with the high levels of things such as multi factor that occasion or rotating passwords, or even firewalls cetera. They're out there to protect that data. You know, one of the best examples to think about when we when we talk about protecting soft, Tara. Gets is the fact that adversaries almost always are looking for points to either pivot or to make lateral movement. Cyber wire had a guest on the other day by the name of Fred Knipe, and he actually brought up one of the best examples of this that I've ever heard, which was when we think about the massive data breach at target. That of course, came in from what I would consider a soft target, which was there h. back vendor that had perpetual access to their systems. And so even though target may have hardened all of their points of ingress for their corporate network, their extra net access to their their partners actually had this big of an effect. And I will tell you that. Another example of this that kind of really brings us to mind is when we think about bed bucks because business travelers are very, very likely to bring bedbugs into their homes, not because they're staying at dodgy, he hotels and hostile. Cetera, but just simply because they're staying at so many hotels. Right. And when you think in terms of protecting your own home from from pass or any tentative stations like that, it's very, very easy to pick something up. Basically in a remote hotel may be didn't necessarily take care of that. That's Ray Watson from macer g his Twitter handle is rare redacted. Palo Alto networks tracking iron group, a Chinese-speaking criminal gang that's distributing pseudo ransomware the malware steals and then destroys data. The ransom demand is just misdirection. The malicious code self propagates across affected networks, using backdoors exposed in a hacking team breach. This does appear to be a criminal data theft operation. Unlike earlier episodes as not Pecchia, which is generally regarded as having been a state directed campaign. Bristol airport still hasn't recovered from the ransomware like attack. It's sustained at the end of last week, authorities have been unclear on just what the attack was while they've said. They didn't pay any ransom. They've stopped short of calling it ransomware period or even ransomware full stop as they might put it in western England, nor is there any insight being offered into how the airport systems became infected. The most publicly visible effect of the attack was the terminals departure boards going off line. The caution the airport is showing is generally met with approval and many observers have noted that Bristol continued flight operations without delay, or undue disruption ransomware or even malware similar to so called ransomware if we must. So describe it has proved difficult to eradicate from an infested enterprise. Just ask the city mothers and fathers of Atlanta, Georgia. Another place where passenger facing systems at an airport were affected. In that case, the ransomware was much more widespread with Atlanta's airport, WI fi seeming almost an afterthought among the disturbed networks. He set points out that to other airports, sustained notorious ransomware attacks. Last year. Both were in Ukraine Kiev was hit by a pet. Your version in June and Desa was attacked with a bad rabbit variant in October. The cyber threat alliance has a new study out on crypto mining among they're more interesting points is an observation that crypto jacking incident in an enterprise should be regarded as what they call Canarian Komine a warning sign that something's wrong with security and that the enterprise is open to more immediately damaging attacks. They also point out that even as crypto jacking grows in sophistication, its lower reaches have been commoditised. The script kitties can readily get attacked tools on the black market. And of course the widespread persistence of eternal blue owner abilities. So often exploited by crypto jacquards affords evidence that patch management remains an unsolved problem of cyber public health. Facebook has joined the companies offering to help political campaigns stay more secure during the US midterm elections. The social media platform is offering to help the campaign setup. Two factor authentication. The US defense department has issued a new cyber strategy that strategy assumes a contested cyberspace in both war and peace and has the following major goals, mission assurance, enhanced US, military advantage, defensive critical infrastructure, securing defense information systems and expanded cooperation with all partners, US government industry and allied. A US federal district court has decided to allow juries to apply security law to cases involving initial coin offering fraud. This is expected to set a precedent for more regulatory action. ICO markets. Regulatory agencies are now thought likely to have fewer inhibitions about treating ICO's like securities. The three young hackers responsible for the Mirai dot net are getting their sentences suspended instead of jail time. They're cooperating with the FBI, the three all still in their twenties are harass Zsa twenty. Two of fan would New Jersey who's Ahah white Twenty-one of Washington, Pennsylvania, and Dalton, Norman, Twenty-two of Metairie Louisiana. They assisted in the kilo spot, Sputnik takedown and also helped mitigate distributed denial of service attacks that exploited amend cash vulnerability. Prosecutors, put a good word in for them yesterday and the federal judge responsible for their case in Alaska sentence them each to five years probation stay on the straight and narrow kids. Now a bit about our sponsors at VM ware, their trust network for workspace. One can help you secure your enterprise with tested best practices. They've got eight critical capabilities to help you protect detect and remediate a single open platform approach, data loss prevention, policies and contextual policies get you started. They'll help you move on to protecting applications, access management and encryption, and they'll round out what they can do for you with micro segmentation analytics, VM-ware's white paper on a comprehensive approach to security across the digital workspace will take you through the details and much more. You'll find it at the cyber wire dot com slash VM ware, see what workspace one can do for your enterprise security, the cyber wire dot com slash VM ware. And we thank VM ware for sponsoring our show. And joining me once again is Daniel prince. He's a senior lecturer in cybersecurity at Lancaster university Daniela come back. We wanted to talk today about asset based risk assessment and some potential problems there you share with us. Thanks back home. So doing here Lancaster as really. Affecting the serves, saw the security risk assessment of mismanagement, Cain, industrial control. Since one of the problems where Kana coming across now is a lot of the risk assessment processes are based on health safety posting in parcels, Mike industrial info and annual quality control, sort of responsible prices. I'm reliving those kinds of embodiments most heck needs you also machine bats while we make have a no malicious agent in that self don't have threat agent whatsoever. So anything about fully control the Parsis that the pudding assistance through is part of a stand of physical bag. I should. For example, if you think about health and safety, you don't really thinking about the somebody maliciously trying to temple. I will systems. But when you talk about Saudi security is always a threat agents in trying to maliciously undermined resistance that you vice. When we look at the salad were successful processes, although we'll see threat angel hatches in that stand formal, you need somebody to take advantage of volatility and so on bed, not really fat today in is actively as the assets old, rarely, respectful, Parsons stemming holiday control health, stemmed from understanding all of your assets and boating up his phone off Mars. What we're trying to rather Kate incitements about work on his actually thinking about the agent on how they process in how worked through assistance a more things, refined interesting. The ice immature information between agent all the defendable. So as your whole of your network, what an attack look like his completely nonsensical from your point of view, because you know ever say, but from the point of view, just point of view, the path that taking cheap that goes, these is completely sensitive. So we're looking at new processes where we can win more threats agent, kind of knowledge rebalanced against the sort of asset by support an unseen. If we can get better risk management concepts, that pump case. Can you give us an example? What does that exactly look like? So I think one of the key things for for us is that ballet symmetry of information. When you're planning on thinking about just your assets, we'll think he mounts what's important to you. But one of the key things when we look at attacks, we really need to fray nice. Walt is in cold. So the attack to achieve that goals, I'm that also allows you to bring this. I did that you'll potentially just collateral damage app to be able to chief a higher over affect as because you'll pot of supply chain. So you'll link to another company or another as the attackers try Richie. It's not your information in your assets on impulsive is just they have to use those all that sees decided the tax decided to get to that goal. And so one of the things we're finding is taking out that kind of almost ego Centric where the most important Pau of of the attack on. So you can start to develop better defense remediation techniques by balancing out what's important to you, but also what's important to the attack. Now, it's an interesting insight as always Daniel prince. Thanks for joining us. And that's the cyber wire thanks to all of our sponsors for making the cyber wire possible, especially to are sustaining sponsor silence find out how silence can help protect you using artificial intelligence, visit silence dot com. And silence is not just a sponsor. We actually used their products to help protect our systems here at the cyber wire, and thanks to our supporting sponsor VM ware, creators of workspace. One intelligence learn more at VM ware dot com. 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Episode 6: Danny
"Welcome to what should I do with my life, figuring it out from those who seemed to have it all figured out I'm your host. Stephanie Horwitz. When's the last time you stopped and ask yourself what am I doing with my life? Why am I doing this Dr in like this? Join me as we hear the inspiring stories of real people to find out what they did and are doing with their lives. Are they satisfied? Would they have done anything differently? Maybe, these stories we will figure out how to bring more meaning and passion in our day to day. Hello everyone I am so excited to share today's episode. I had a great talk with Danny de Vries who I've known since I was two years old were basically family. Danny has spent the past eight years working as a foreign service officer and a variety of positions in a variety of places. He's been posted in Yemen Spain and Jordan, and will soon be moving to Jerusalem. Danny shares about the impact he has made and continues to make his work as a diplomat talks about the tough reality of working in a job that can be sometimes high risk high reward and discusses some of the perks challenges of moving to a new country a new job, every couple of years. I feel like we really only scratched the surface there. So many more questions I haven't so much more I WANNA learn. So we'll probably be hearing again from Danny at some point it's important to say that this interview does not necessarily reflect the views of the US government and with that here is Danny. Hi, Danny. Stephanie how are you? I'm good. What's going on over there in Amman today. As, just another beautiful day in. Senate shining weather's nice. How long have you been living there? I've been here for just under three years. Now unfortunately, my time beers coming to an end I, I leave and three weeks for my next. All right. So that is a perfect segue just to dive into this conversation. So first of all, I'm really happy to have you here today and hear your story and let you share your story. So let's just do it in one sentence. Can you just tell me what it is that you do? Yeah I'm a Foreign Service officer, which means that I am a diplomat working for the US State Department and a sentence I represent the interests of the American people in foreign policy. So how did you get into this is like how did you know this? This something you would you wanted to do that you would be good at where did this begin here? So I think perceived to understand a little bit about the way that somebody. Becomes a Foreign Service officer in it's through a series of tests I. They changed the order a little bit. But when I took it I, you had to do computer on line computer tests, and then you wrote a series of s isn't if you pass the computer testing, they would evaluate your essays and if you pass the essays, then you go to Washington for what they call an oral assessment, which is something like a job interview. A little bit more like a structured game where they assign you scores. Anyway on the day that I applied to take foreign service officer task dealers two, thousand ten was living in Detroit with really high unemployment financial crisis I really didn't know exactly what I wanted to do and I said the day that I applied to join the Foreign Service probably applied for ten other jobs that day I. During this six-month period of unemployment of probably applied for about two hundred jobs and the State Department out was one of the two that came through and so it really wasn't necessarily that I was pursuing my life's passion, but it was just. A job opportunity that came up for me and a lot of ways I feel very fortunate because I could have gone in a different direction. If it had been different, one of the two hundred jobs that I had to apply for my life would have been completely different than and God only knows. But yeah, that's how it worked out for me. I have been interested in international relations for. Almost, my whole life I always founded more interesting than anything else not necessarily that I. Tended to pursue it as a career. But I also very interested from young agent public service. My Dad always talks about getting back to your community and I felt that was something that was important to me something that I wanted to pursue. So I was applying for the State Department job I was applying for a lot of other. Government jobs, civil service jobs that are very different from what I do now, State Department. But I didn't really know what I was looking for and I also didn't know how to sort of play the game. There's a very specific way that you can apply for jobs in the federal government and it's unfortunately it's not at all clear to someone from the outside. At least in my experience, it was not at all clear what types of jobs to apply for higher you need to apply I now that I spent some time living in Washington people who work in the federal government I have a better sense of what it takes to apply for the civil service jobs and I really didn't come anywhere close to nearly requirements. Zone looking for certain terms or certain skills that you have to able to list on the application With foreign services, very different because they look to recruit people from all sorts of different backgrounds with different skill sets and different. Types of experience, different education levels in backgrounds, and it's really less about your work experienced and more about whether or not. You can demonstrate that you have the skills they're looking for on on these three stages of the tests, and that's what serve. Gave me an advantage was that I wasn't held by my lack of this. Maybe I didn't have veterans preference points that helped getting civil service jobs. I didn't have a masters degree, but those things don't really apply in the same way when you try to the so. I. Think it was a unique type of testing at a unique way of bringing new people and and that really played to my advantage. So crazy everything you said, you're all situation and I'm excited on packet and here. So many of the experiences you've had, it's so crazy that you were just applying for. You said, there was a period you replied to what? Two hundred jobs you've lied to a bunch that same day and then look at where it took. You I mean you've had this crazy journey so far. And also something that stuck out to me that you said and I was wondering myself is did you have any mentors or people to talk to or did you just figure it out on your own? You said it was really complicated and I was thinking did Danny know someone who guided him or told him what to expect? Ed's a good question because I've interested since come to know so many people in the service who had that that sort of in and it's not necessarily that an in really gets you. End Because you know we can't afford we have internships, but it's not like if you know somebody who works in a law firm, they can get you a job at that offer just because I know somebody, I couldn't get them an internship at this embassy. You just really doesn't work that way, but you have somebody who sort of walk you through the process help you understand the lifestyle and I, think that's a huge huge advantage. So growing up even though I majored in economics and Political Science I traveled overseas I. Read international news all the time and I I understood it a basic level that the US government has embassies in those embassies are staffed by diplomats and somebody has job being a U. S. diplomat, but it never occurred to me. These are real people This is. That is open to you. So really the way I found out about it I had a friend maybe I think our senior year of college or maybe you're after. That Hey, do you wanna get much on Sunday and he said I'd love to but I can't I'm hitting the Foreign Service officer test. F. I. So. Let's do it another day. So what is the episode I've never heard of it and he explained that this the test, the first of the three stops to become the US diplomat and I sort of filed that in the back of my mind. I I guess maybe that is something I could do one day and then I said a decider in. Two years later when I was looking for work I thought maybe I'll give it another shot. Up. But there was one person that really helped me understand the process because aside from knowing that he that this one friend took the test I? Didn't know anybody else would ever worked. Really people who work for the Federal Government at all. But the State Department has a program that they called diplomat residents. So it's maybe twenty or thirty relatively senior people in the State Department whose assignment for two or three or four years is to be posted somewhere typically at universities and they cover regions and their job. They maybe do a little bit of public speaking and explaining forum policy to US audience, but the big part of what they do. Is Recruit people to take the exam in that also helped them understand us. So it just so happened that the German, who covered Michigan Indiana. Kentucky I happened to be based at the University of Michigan. Which is why I went to school in. It was forty five minute drive from where I was living at the time. So I met with him twice he showed me some videos in helped explained the process in a really was critical to me passing the particularly the final stage because I already passed the first two stages by the time I, spoke to him. But they do this in person interview and it's really more like a game than anything else I'll just give you a quick example is that they're looking they measure you against thirteen specific attributes. So it's cultural adaptability leadership innovation trustworthiness. To for one of that parts of this interview, you have to give an anecdote about how you showed cultural adaptability, and so the last few I see here that you are served on the on this committee at Your College. Tell me about a time that you showed cultural adaptability and if you you start telling your your little anecdote and if you achieve what they're looking for, they will cut you off mid-sentence. So you'll say and then later went back and talk to that person again that's Okay Stop Stop Stop at we've heard. That happened I knew because the diplomat in residence told me that that's a good thing that means that they've heard enough to check the box, and if you're a normal job interview and you started telling a story you. You. And also worked opposite soon as you finish your story and say, that's how we solve that problem and they say, okay, do you WanNa tell us a second story about how you demonstrate cultural That means that you didn't answer the question product and in a normal job interview. If they said interested tell me more you would thank for how they must really be impressed by. But in fact, it's the opposite they. They're trying to give you a second shot because he didn't you didn't prove it the first time. In all this is to say that it's just a very unique process. So I would say that if anyone out there considering recruiter before. It I really is worthwhile to contact these diplomats and residents and find the one nearest to you or he can connect email. I'm always amazed that there are people out there who passed the test without having spoken to to the diplomat residents and I should say that there are other sort of meet up groups particularly in the Washington DC area but also big cities where other people who are looking to pass the test will join together and compare notes in practice. Also online groups, which I didn't really know about until later. It's a whole other world I. Mean, how would you know about it? You know I'm wondering if you could just talk a bit about the different posts you were at I know you've been hopping around the world past several years. So can you share a bit about where you've been and what you've been doing? Yes. Sure. saw started as the State Department, in two thousand, twelve, I did about. Ten months in Washington. So that was part orientation. Then I did about six months of learning Arabic and then I with Arabic I went to Yemen where I worked as the economic and commercial officer. So I was the one covering all economic issues and supporting US businesses looking to invest in experts Yemen. So I did that for two years during that time, I was evacuated twice because of security threats. That I also got to spend about six months working in Washington. I got to understand. Washington perspective because that's a big part of the foreign service, I went to work in our headquarters in Washington for about six months. And then I studied Spanish and did something totally different I worked as a consular officer in Madrid. So that means that I was making decisions adjudicating immigrant and non-immigrant visas for foreigners looking to travel to the United States and because Madrid. Such a cosmopolitan city about two-thirds of our applicants were from Spain in about a third were from. Other countries around the world, we had applicants from one hundred, sixty, one countries during the the two years downs there after that I moved to where I currently am I'm in Jordan and in Jordan I work as again as an economic officer. So that's sort of the career trajectory that I'm heading towards us to focus on economic issues. And I've been here for three years. I mainly focus on energy issues, but also some financial issues and leaving here in three weeks, and I'm going to move to Jerusalem in Jerusalem I'm going to be the assistant information officer. In that primarily means. Dealing with the press, but also running are are pretty. well-developed social media accounts in our outraged Palestinians. So we have about three hundred, thousand facebook followers. Wrapped instagram twitter. Maybe even go good start event snapchat. And I'm only actually going to do that for one year isn't that after that, I'm going to move to Tel Aviv where I'm going to work in what we call our embassy branch office, which is under the embassy Jerusalem and I'm going to again work economic. So crazy you say this. So casually like do you have any idea what you're? How many languages? Do, just that it's though nonchalantly as if it's like, this is what everyone does guess what eight but it's amazing. What. People who for whom this is totally normal and maybe living in five countries makes me sound like. You're a rookie so inexperienced. But. Also, I nine meeting. The Front Service tends to attract a lot of people who come from. Diverse backgrounds. So there's a lot of people. Don't have data to back this up, but it seems like there are a lot of people who are immigrants themselves or his parents are immigrants were who grew up overseas. I. Think you see fewer cases of people like myself who are born in the United States is parent actually I'm sure it's by far the majority but people who are. Born in the US parents aboard the USS who live their lives United States. You see a lot of people like that. You also see. People who come from these really unique backgrounds and I think the State Department tracks a lot of people like that. So for me having grown up in southeast Michigan in Metro Detroit my whole life. It Really? Feels like a I'm one of the least well traveled but then I go back home to Michigan and it does feel like I live a very unique lifestyle that is. Different from a lot of the people I grew up with a new metric jury. I'd say I would definitely say it's I've so many questions of so much. I WANNA ask you. I'll just start with asking. How does the process work when you're studying the language and then you get the assignment? How do you know where you're going to go? Is it stressful for you to not know where you're assignments GONNA BE What is that Lake I'm process is different for your first two assignments senators for the rest of your career. So the first to the first time in you start out with tation class in there about ninety people in that class and a week or two into it, they give you a list of one hundred or so job openings and you rank them high medium or low and then The State Department the there's an office that does this and they. Evaluate different criteria. If you already know Chinese, baby the factor of timing whether or not you need to earn the language for the next ten months worth if you have enough language to their already anyway, they compile all this together and then they assign you to a posting. For your second assignment, it's similar but there's a bigger pool of people, bigger jobs, and again you rank this time you at least rank order them. So it's one, two, three, four, five, and you sort of get to choose as long as the criteria workout as long as you have language that they need timing to learn the language before they need you your next, Simon. As long as everything works out than. The people at the most difficult host get to sort of go I ended because Donovan I happen to be in Yemen, which was the most difficult place. They would allow people to go on their first assignment and there were three of us there who are competing for these jobs and I saw that Madrid was an opportunity and so I went to one front. Do you want to go to Madrid and he said no and asked my other friend. She said, now I said Okay Great I'm GonNa go to Madrid. So it wasn't really my choice, but it was my first owes what I was hoping for, and then they chosen for me and Semi Madrid but every subsequent job is really like applying for any other job you. Resume cover letter I sincerely there's a list of job openings that that comes out and it's maybe six hundred jobs in mice serve career field at my rank. And I can bid on any one of those jobs. But it. Also, if I have the language that they need or if I have enough time in my schedule to learn the language because they, the State Department will train you. Typically in languages if you don't have the language ability at for that assignment, you have to reach out to the people who are hiring and it's a lot about references. So what makes this job? So I still have to do phone interviews and I still have present myself in the best light and talk about my experiences in it's really more similar than you think to apply to any other job in the private sector. But what's different is in the State Department, there's only about eight, thousand, four, hundred, we hall Foreign Service Officer generalists. So that's the career field. Eight. Thousand of US, which is is too many. DENVER. Know a good chunk of them personally, but it's small enough. You tend to be at least one at most two or three degrees of separation away from whoever's going to make hiring decisions. So it's a lot about figuring out who knows who and saying you out on my behalf to this person I understand that you to work together in Lima Peru five years ago. So you. Can You? Can you tell her what a great candidate I answer this job and that really goes a long way, but it is very similar to any other. Job Yeah networking the job process I'm curious to hear more about Yemen said that was your first assignment and Off The bat for an American and a Jewish person seems a bit of a hostile environment. So I'm wondering how you felt about going there how your family felt about you going there and some of the biggest challenges when you were posted up. It was a challenging environment to work, and because Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was really very active at that time. You remember that's where the underwear bomber had trained. They send mail bombs accessing a guy in Chicago that had come from kind raven peninsula and they really were. A big threat to the United States and that's the big reason I wanted to go there was because I wanted to be in a place where I could feel like I'm making a difference in an issue that really matters. And not to disparage the important issues that my colleagues work on all around the world but I really wanted to a place where you know the country and US foreign policy is in the headlines and matters to to our most senior leaders in Washington. So it felt rewarding to know that that some president was following the issues that I was working on. And that is what enabled me or gave me the confidence to get through the difficult time in working there. We have a tremendous security support system. So I would never feel comfortable going to a place like that and. Just being on my own, but we would always travel in armored vehicles and we had armed guards with us and who are the places we would go outside of the embassy were always scoped out in advance. So in some sense, it felt fairly secure but on the other hand, we knew that al Qaeda's targeting Asan in would take advantage of the opportunity that they had to. Get. Another threat emerged while I was there which was A. Group which took Synon-, which which was the cause of it's not as the capital and that that was the cause of the second time that I was evacuated. But I always tried to keep an attitude two things in my mind that that kept me gone one was that the the work was important. So I I. Sort of compare it to skydiving you can be afraid of skydiving. But there's you don't need to do it but I feel like we needed to be doing the work we were doing in Yemen because the only way to defeat terrorism is to create stable democratic institutions, economic growth job opportunities hope and trust in the system, and this was after the Arab spring when they were going through national dialogue process in reconciliation process and I wanted to be a part of that because that's that's the only way that you can eliminate the terrorist threat to the United States is by create changing conditions on the ground. So I I really believed wholeheartedly in the mission. And the other thing that I kept in mind to that. I think can say. To be a little bit scared all the time. I think if you are if you pretend like there's no risk than you, you become too cavalier and that it's you. and. Similarly, if you're terrified of all the time, then you're not thinking straight and you're not making good decisions. So I always tried to think is the safe what are the risks that I'm taking on what could go wrong and if it does, how am I going to get out of the situation? So people ask me all the time. Oh you lived in Yemen re scared. Yeah I was absolutely scared but I think I was scared in a healthy productive way that was both important for my mental sanity but also for my physical safety at good, it helped key. Protected to me and probably a lot of people it sounds very brave and fearless, and obviously the attitude is everything you're saying make a lot of sense as to how you carry yourself there how what motivated you? It was very meaningful for you. But why do you think that you're so brave like really a lot of people would not have done that why do you think you thought Oh, I can just go and do this and it'll be okay no matter what I think I've always had. I think it goes back to the having the sense of purpose that. We all we all. Meet our maker at some point and I wanted to be doing something that really. Makes a difference also say that while it was somewhat brave to graduate difficult place like that I was not the one real at the highest risk. A lot of that goes to our security personnel, our servicemen and women who are really out there with ready to protect us a lot of it came down to our Yemeni staff. They're the ones who are really at highest risk I because the United States is so unpopular I I work most closely with two guys who were so dedicated to what we were doing because they believed that the US had the Yemeni People's best entrusted in so we would push for. Reforms Changes. The these were changes that we're going to help their countrymen and they really believe what they did but they would go home and not, and they didn't tell their families where they worked their closest friends had no idea that they worked at the US embassy and so that to me is braver we lived in a cop on was so well protected but Miami colleagues would go home every day and just beyond their own and unfortunately a lot of them died you know I mentioned that we have been victims of attacks by al-Qaeda on the previous attacks no, no American active Nassar Embassy personnel were killed unfortunately. Several of our local staff lost their lives, not the risks that they take on. So I, think they're they're the brave ones keeping US safe. There was always the security protocols. If something goes wrong, they sound the alarm. My job was to get to the safe place as quickly as possible, which is you know behind the heavy doors walls and the class, but it was somebody else's job was to go and confront. That's right and so I think they're the ones who really. Took on the risk. That so crazy can't imagine. Like engaging with all different kinds of cultures are there. Do you have any big lessons? Big things that you learned did you have culture shock and I also WANNA follow up has What is it like to not necessarily be settled to know that you're gonNA lift up in another two years how do you make friends do even try to put down roots? What is that? Like one of the South I I like moving to different places one of the things that has sort of surprised me about this job, which is probably a personal failing as much as anything else is that it's really more challenging than I thought it would be to to get deep into the culture of a place before backpacking. Spent five months living pause volunteer and then travelling around South Asia and Southeast Asia a little bit around the least and really enjoyed the chance to. To spend time with as many people from local cultures I, couldn't and try to to dive into it. You know I find working at embassies. My closest friends by far the Americans that I work with at the embassy and then I'm also friends with the local staff. So this the Yemenis or the Spaniards or the Jordanians that work with us at the USA. But I sort of had in my head that when I first started, I wasn't going to be like everyone else the other diplomats. In their. Own. Little. Communities Browse Really GonNa go out and only hang out with local friends I. You know unfortunately I never really achieved that I think a big part of that is because people like to spend time with people they know well, you know I saw Spaniards in particular. I'd go out with my Spanish colleagues and their friends would be around and it's a are how do you know Selah. Instead, we went to elementary school. How do you know who to school? Some people be friends from university. That was I found it harder than I expected to make friends with the local community. But the other nice thing is that because the Americans are so used to round. Up Rooting themselves for their communities there really is a great. Everyone all the Americans are always so welcoming and so. Eager to make new friends and socialize together and what's IT GONNA adventurous travel together, explore the country together go to restaurants. So that has been the biggest part of my community. So I wish that I had really spent more time and energy trying to break out of that bubble a little bit but. Thankfully part of the reason why maybe I stay in that bubble is because The Americans and local staff in that bubbler always some kind and generous and welcome when you come to new place. And there's a lot of common ground you're going through these experiences together I. Mean that's a huge way of people connect. You are not alone there in Jordan Danny you are with Courtney or wife, and he recently had a baby Mazal Tov just curious to hear how did you meet Courtney and wish she open to this kind of lifestyle what her background your lifestyle is very alternative compared to most people who don't switch countries every couple of years. So coordinated I met the is actually because of the second time evacuated from. Yemen I had worked with a woman from the US Agency for International Development US aid. So that's sort of like a sister agency to the State Department but they we focus on foreign policy in large and US aid looks at development projects that they can do to help countries achieve self reliance through promoting democracy or women's rights job creation really bring countries up the development. So anyway I worked with a woman in Yemen and I hadn't seen her for a while when we were both that. Washington. So we make plans to get together and we got to the bar where we're meeting and she said Oh by the way I. Hope you don't live. A friend from work to join. And I said okay. I thought my only wanted to hang out with you tonight and catch up with you whatever it's too late now and about five minutes later I saw you walk into the Barn FM. The rest is history. I later found out actually much later that the friend had told Courtney you should come in and meet my friend Danny. He's a nice guy. I think you'd have your office. You'd like to go out with him but I didn't know that out. There was a secret of. Say, that yeah, you didn't know that's perfect. It was like, oh Courtney's coming. I don't really remember when we talked about. Whether or not we would move overseas together. But first of all, she came into knowing that I was already a Foreign Service officer knowing that I was already overseas and that this was the lifestyle was pursuing so. Was No surprise to her? She also knew a lot about with his life look like because she worked in the sort of foreign affairs world and she had also done a three week assignment and Egypt's live for six months in Thailand with USAID and so she wasn't coming into this with her eyes closed. She knew sort of with the lifestyle was like, do you see this is something that's going to be your lifestyle until you retire you know it's a good question. I think it's healthy to only take it one assignment at a time. So, far I've really enjoyed it. I doing this for eight years now and I think it. Always creates new challenges new opportunities. One thing that I like about this job is that. I think there's sort of this millennial. Hopping from job to job, and they say the average person before they're thirty seven jobs. What's Nice about this career is that you can hang on that type of hopping around within the same career and you don't have to start over from scratch every time and you don't have to. Try to to break into a new field every time because it's all the path service set for you to do this, we'll keep doing this until I retire mandatory retirement at sixty five. You know a lot of people. I think a lot of people in the foreign service the end goal is to become ambassador. So people ask, are you gonNa go until you become an number in the truth is I really don't know I think it's far too soon to say just GonNa take one assignment at a time but that being said I do really enjoy it and I. Do think that I have the ability to contribute to make a difference in a way that I think is significant to the American people. I think the State Department we provide a lot of bang for the buck I'm able to really dive into an issue and interact with local decision makers and work with decision makers in Washington and the senior people at our embassies in really shift. A decision in maybe a different direction, and that's what I find. The most rewarding is when I feel like all my experience and the net worth a adult and the contacts in my own insight and analysis are able to. To drive a decision in a different direction than it would have gone otherwise, and sometimes these can be. Even at a Fairly low level even so these can be big decisions with. Potentially billions of dollars at stake or types of political or economic choices that can really have a large impact on society or even if you're when I was doing my counselor tour in Yemen is I in Spain I was able to make decisions about whether or not somebody could come to the United States that would really affect the rest of their lives and making these types are being able to influence. These types of events are really making me feel like I'm making a difference for the positive and as long as that's the case and not. Too, sick of living overseas in moving all the time I I can see myself doing this career for the long haul. Definitely, in you believe in what you're doing and you see the impact of it out everyone can say that and it's so true what you said about how? You know this day and age a lot of younger adults really are switching jobs every couple of years and you within the framework of something you already know you WanNa do kind of have that where it's dynamic you're moving around the day to day is GonNa look a bit differently obviously, the country in the culture will be different as well as the work, but it's kind of leading you on this path that you. WanNa, be a as someone who lives far away from family I. Just WanNa Know How is that? For you and there are often people who could have great job opportunity not in their hometown and they're conflicted perhaps because of corona this remote work will change a lot of things look but I'm just wondering what that's like for you. It's not easy of course, I I. Miss My family particularly at holidays or major events or somebody sicker in the hospital. I do feel really bad being so distant. But I also see it as a choice that I've made and in some ways it selfish because I enjoy the life that I have, and I can all the benefits of being a diplomat living overseas. But in other ways, it's really. Is that as a public servant I think the US needs people who are dedicated to take these jobs overseas and I do feel that I'm I'm doing what is. Both. Innocent Selfish because I enjoy it but also it's it's worth it needs to be done. So I don't feel as guilty being overseas as maybe I did during that year that I was just traveling and. Strictly, enjoying myself. I feel. It's a sacrifice that I feel like I making in order to advance the foreign policy interests of the American people. And it comes at a cost and a personal cost cost of my family but. Thankfully they're pretty understanding that. This is why. Sort of life that I've pursued on US less family time than that's just one of those Akra vices we think. It's a very meaningful career path and it is. Important. So first of all, thank you I wanNA know looking back is there something you would have done? Differently or was there ever a crossroads or big decision and you still think today I wonder if that happened what if I chose this? Careerwise I definitely think. So before I joined the State Department, I mentioned I applied for two hundred jobs and I got two of them. The other job was working at a urban planning nonprofit in Detroit. Called data driven Detroit, and it was a really interesting place to work started off with entry level job. On my first week. I went to an excel spreadsheet I changed all the periods commas and all the comments, two periods, and that's what I did for a week I. Still think that's the reason I I wear glasses when I use the computers because staring at this spreadsheet for forty hours. But I did that job for two years and I really got deeply involved in issues in the city of Detroit in in the wider region Focus on. The. neighborhoods of Detroit and how to improve the quality of life for the people there. And the the day that I got that job was also the day that passed the final of the three stages of the State Department and I thought maybe I should turn on this job because I'm I'm sure the. I still need to do my security clearance medical clearance. Wait on the registry to be hired. And I I thought I don't want to. Start this job then quit in six weeks when the State Department. However, it took an additional two years for all of those other steps to come through. There's hiring federal hiring freeze the security clearance longer than I expected. So I ended up working in this is not profit in Detroit for two years, and while I was there in the state is sort of put the State Department job in the back of my mind and I wanted to get warm more involved in in Detroit and I sort of had a vision for what that would look like for myself. You know buying a place and here maybe finding different ways to get involved in the Detroit community and then all at once I got one day I got an email saying congratulations you would like to hire you and you're starting at. Five weeks moved to Washington, and all of a sudden those dreams and plans that I. Myself became really uprooted and so I often think back would my life be like if I did live Detroit if instead of living Thousand Miles and seven time zones away from my family Michigan. If I lived a twenty minute drive have a completely different life and I showed great life and I I still back. AESTHETICALLY HOUSE AC- A lot of my friends and peers co workers who are now eight years later doing amazing things. With their lives Detroit elsewhere I think. That, I could have had a great life like that to had I. Chosen, that path that I didn't. And so I I look I I wouldn't say that I regretted obvious i. Frankly I. It's within my power to get off this path if I didn't want to be on it but. I think we all sin someone when I was applying for the foreign, service. One of the best pieces of advice I hat was that make make the foreign service plan. Be People would say, am I want to be a foreign service officer but if it doesn't work out, I'll try doing this try doing that maybe I'll go to grads maybe I'll for this job the best advice I heard was that make the Foreign Service Plan B it's so Such a crapshoot whether or not you get hired and then your weather. is going to be a hiring freeze. There's so many factors outside of your control so you should live your life as you on. And if the State Department didn't come served in great and pursue that but. Don't hold off gone to Grad School. Don't hold off you know that that romantic relationship or pursuing your career career outside of government. And let the State Department be your. Ambien. So that helped me shift my mentality from saying how when is this GonNa come winter I going to get hired? Wade to sink okay. Comes it comes if not. All of my life and a different path I think it's really important what you said that you could have had either path it would have been a great life. No matter what I think. A lot of people put a lot of pressure on themselves that there's only one way to do this, and the fact of the matter is there are many different ways and you could be doing anyone could be doing a lot of different things and still have meaningful interesting lives and sometimes you choose and sometimes things are out of our control but. I think it's Fascinating and yeah, of course, it makes sense that you would think Oh, what if I was there one of this never happened. It's crazy thing to think about the last thing I really WanNa ask is advice you'd give to people who don't know what to do with their lives because as you said, you a different passions, you're interested in international relations, but you are planning to a lot of different jobs and this was something you hadn't really thought about until you chatted with your friend this wasn't even on your radar and then this became your reality. So. What would you tell people who are trying to figure out their pads? Things, and see what works for you. Throw a lot of things against the wall and see what sticks and it helps. If you have the right mentality and mindset that you enjoy different things in that, you're you can be satisfied out a lot of different things that make you happy. I found when I was in college every time I took a class I wanted to change my major or change. My career path is this is fascinating stuff I wanNA spend the rest of my life. That I would take another class next semester out. This is minute. So having that right? That attitude that keeps you excited but you also have to try things. I think about it a lot like going out to the bar on Saturday night. Many of the Times that you go out you know it's not that fun. It's the same routine after the do every Saturday night you just sort of challenge your friends have a few drinks and go home but every once in a while, you'll get crazy adventure in your find yourself on the back of mopeds create am going to some secret Pakistan stand or something you know you you can get into a funding adventures that really are memorable and maybe that's one out of every three times that you. Go out but if you don't push yourself if if you say, I'm not going to go out tonight because I'm just going to sit at the borrowing and out two beers with my friends and then go home. I'd rather just stay home and watch Netflix. It's fine if you feel that right but you're also you're going to miss out. On the chance that you have this type of adventure where you're on the bathroom. Okay. So I I try to take that attitude to my professional life in my Working life in general. which is that you miss out on the opportunities that you don't put yourself out therefore. So you may. It may end up being a died maybe a bad decision, but it might be the best decision you ever made and you really can't. Advance that if you if you predetermine what's what's worse than what's not what's going to be a great decision in what you predict is going to be a great decision the you're limiting yourself. You're putting yourself into narrow that. I think that's great advice and craving tacos right now just from it, we need to wrap up but thank you so much for sharing. There's a lot more I wanNA hear and learn about and they can't wait to see. Though continued successes you Jerusalem and hear about the important work you're doing. So this I feel like just might be part one of a conversation. I would love that and I think it's great that you're. Putting these stories out into the world and and people could be inspired by that. I wish I had heard I, wish your podcast existed ten years ago. I. Was Twenty three and trying to figure out what I was GONNA do were. Why you ended up figuring it out you didn't need podcast but things. We're I think that the moral of the story no one actually has the figuring out. You may seem like you do, but no one does. Right. That's the that's the truth. I all I hope you enjoyed the episode. There are a few things that really stuck out to me with my talk with Danny. First of all the fact that the plan might not happen right away for Danny he waited two years before it worked out and he got an offer from the State Department I think it just shows that sometimes you have to be patient and might not happen right away. I. Also thought it was amazing to hear the kind of impact in is making he's making sacrifices but knows this is something that needs to happen and he believes in it. I think that kind passionate something. We're all looking for and we might not find it in a conventional career route. We should keep our minds open and be open to different kinds of opportunities and see where they take us. I also liked the Danny said he didn't know if he would do this forever or until retirement his attitude was to take it one post at a time and I think that's a great attitude for all of us and that's it. See you next time.
Morning Brief for Wednesday, February 6th
"I'm Anne Marie for totally in the newsroom at the Wall Street Journal, President Trump said he'll get a border wall built if congress fails to act as the nation stares down another deadline to reach an agreement on border security in less than ten days immigration was a big topic during the president's second state of the union address, which he delivered Tuesday to a divided congress for more insight and analysis of the state of the union be sure to listen to our what's news podcast on Wednesday. The US Commerce Department releases international trade data for the month of November on Wednesday. The report was delayed due to the partial government shutdown and October the US trade deficit reached its highest level in ten years Wednesday also brings plenty of earnings, including the latest reports from Spotify twenty-first-century, FOX General Motors equifax and AAA the US State Department hosts a meeting of the global coalition against Islamic state on Wednesday a conference include seventy four countries and five international organization. The meeting comes as the US plans to withdraw troops from Syria. The US has also asked allies to establish a buffer zone in that country for more details had to wsJcom or the w s j app.
Wall Street Breakfast July 22: Houston, We Have A Problem
"I. Welcome to health. Wall Street breakfast your daily source of Market News Analysis. Subscribe to this podcast on Apple podcasts. Google podcasts spotify stitcher. Good Morning today is Wednesday July twenty second. You're listening to seeking Alpha. The leader in Market News and analysis I'm Marina Shirl and this is Wall Street breakfast. Our top stories today US State Department ordered China's consulate closure in Houston, tensions hit sentiment and Tesla and Microsoft earnings. Leading today's news. The US State Department has ordered the closure of China's consulate in Houston to protect property and private information of Americans, as reports came in last night of documents, being burned in the compounds courtyard. China's Foreign Ministry declared we urge the United States to immediately withdraw its erroneous decision. Otherwise China will make legitimate and necessary reactions. The US dollar surged against the Chinese yuan, breaking the key seven level on Tuesday. The Department of Justice also accused to Chinese hackers of working for the government to steal terabytes of data including corona virus research from Western companies across eleven nations. In other market news. S. and P. Five hundred futures pulled back point four percent overnight, following the diplomatic flare up which adds to concerns over the deteriorating relationship between the economic superpowers, president trump already dimmed hopes of a face to trade deal earlier this month, saying the relationship with China had been too badly damaged by covid. Nineteen investors are also questioning whether Congress will reach an agreement on the next corona virus stimulus bill before lawmakers start their summer recess while trump warned, the pandemic will probably get worse before it gets better. Too Big names on the earnings rate today as earning season kicks into high gear, following a record number of car deliveries earlier in July, Tesla may report a four straight quarterly profit, which could qualify the high stock for inclusion in the S. and P.. Five hundred shares have jumped more than percent this month alone, adding to the stocks more than three times increase this year as investors bet on a sudden jump in demand from PASA funds that trap the benchmark. and. Don't forget about Microsoft. Much of the focus will continue to center around its cloud business amid recent trends towards remote work. Twitter said via its twitter safety account. We've been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm in line with this approach. This week we are taking further action on so called Cunanan activity across the service twitter spokesperson said more than seven thousand Q. and unrelated accounts were banned in recent weeks while the platform limited the distribution of one hundred and fifty thousand others, according to Wikipedia Cunanan is a far right conspiracy theory detailing the supposed secret plot by alleged deep state against US president. Donald trump and his supporters last year. The FBI designated Cunanan as a potential domestic terror threat. While UK and EU, negotiators began the latest round of Brexit negotiations on Monday. The two sides remain deadlocked over fishing rights level plainfield guarantees governance of the deal and the role of the European Court of Justice with just days to go until Boris, Johnson's deadline for an outline agreement, senior sources told the Telegraph that there is now an assumption that there won't be ideal. What would happen in that case? The U. K. would leave the block on December thirty first by following default, WTO rules and specific agreements for certain goods. The British government has also abandoned hopes of clinching a US free trade deal ahead of the presidential election in November with a novel coronavirus outbreak blamed for slow progress. Earnings yesterday from some of the biggest publicly traded brokers have highlighted the major jump into retail trading td Ameritrade, which is set to be acquired by Charles. Schwab added a record, six hundred and sixty, one thousand new funded retail accounts and Q. Two surpassing the six hundred eight thousand new accounts during Q. One a record, three point, four million daily average revenue trades were also recorded more than four times last year's levels and sixty two percent more than the prior quarter, interactive brokers, which additionally beat on the top and bottom lines, said it's daily average revenue trades increased one hundred eleven percent since the same quarter last year, while customer accounts grew to eight, hundred, Sixty, seven thousand. Seven thirty seven. Max May Not Return until next year. The latest timeline anticipates the FAA won't finish work to lift its March twenty, nineteen grounding order until late October or early November because the agency has decided to ask for comments before finalising software and hardware changes. The Wall Street Journal reported. Completing pilot training and maintenance checks is expected to stretch well into December, and only then will the Max be ready to return to commercial service that means the jets are expected to be grounded at least as long undercurrent Boeing CEO David Calhoun as under his predecessor. Dennis Muilenburg who was ousted at the end of twenty, thousand nine, after repeated delays in getting the plane back in the air. Ending the work on our tournaments, commercial vehicles began with Startup Aurora in two thousand nineteen, Fiat Chrysler has selected Waymo as it's exclusive strategic technology partner for level for fully self-driving technology across its full product portfolio, the collaboration will start with the ramp roadmaster masterful size van, though it's likely to expand given Fiat's expected merger with PSA group into a company called still aunties. It's been quite a run for the alphabet unit. WAYMO considered the leader in Autonomous Vehicle Development Inc another partnership in June with Volvo cars to develop self driving electric vehicles designed for ride hailing. Other market headlines to watch for on seeking Alpha. Senate committee clear? Shelton Waller Fed positions apple pledges to be one hundred percent carbon neutral by twenty to thirty best buy sales are rebounding as stores reopened Tesla's Elon Musk qualifies for another two point one billion payday. J. M. F.. Prices upsides IPO above range twenty six dollars. As of six twenty am today, the Dow S and P five hundred down Nasdaq is flat, accrued and Bitcoin are down. Gold is up look for existing home sales report at Ten am eastern. That concludes today's wall. Street breakfast thank you for listening for the Best Investment Analysis? News on Web seeking out. The DOT COM subscribe to this podcast on Apple podcasts, you will casts spotify stitcher. You can sign up for our other podcasts behind the idea. Referees! 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NPR News: 04-27-2019 7AM ET
"Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Louise Schiavone democrat Joe Biden's, much anticipated presidential campaign announcement pivoted off a deadly two thousand seventeen confrontation Charlottesville, Virginia and president. Trump's controversial statement that there were good people on both sides of the protest last night on Westwood one's marklevinshow the president tried to clarify his comments had bad people in on both sides. Also. And I said that the president's statement at the time of the confrontation over a statue of confederate. General Robert Lee was seen as numb to the parade of hatred and the death of a protester at the scene. Trump told Lavigne he's frustrated terrible thing that they keep bringing up and he actually said two different ways. And I said it every way you can say it. But I said you have bad people in both groups you have you have good people in both Trump said that Robert Lee was quote, a great general and everybody knows that Sri Lankan security. Forces say, they have found fifteen bodies following an overnight gunbattle would suspected Islamic militants amperes. Michael Sullivan reports from Colombo that the shootout began during a raid on a home in the eastern part of the country security forces raided the house near the ton of cement on Friday evening. A gun battle, ensued. With militants inside followed by these three explosions. A police spokesman says it's likely the explosions were the work of militants blowing themselves up rather than face capture security forces raided many areas in the east of the country on Friday and in the early morning hours of Saturday. The military says some items recovered in those raids include explosives detonators and black Islamic state style flags Sunday masses in the country have been called off indefinitely. The US State Department is advising citizens to reconsider visiting Sri Lanka due to the security situation. Michael Sullivan, NPR news Colombo on Wall Street by the end. Of the week the US stock market posted modest gains at an all time high ending the trading week on an up note. Steve Beck ner has more scraping bottom late. Last year sucks. Have surged the SNP and NASDAQ closed at record highs Tuesday, but the rally carry seeds of doubt as to its sustainability. There are fears of a global economic slowdown. And as earnings reports kept streaming in some industrial reports reinforced concerns the top may have been reached Friday's GDP data left Wall Street nonplussed for a while though growth was estimated a better than expected. Three point two percent. Final sales to domestic purchasers rose only half as fast the Dallas slipped slightly for the week. But tech shares power the NASDAQ up nearly one and seven eighths percent. The S and P rose one and two tenths percent. For NPR news. I'm Steve back ner after close Friday dowers app. Eighty-one agai stack up twenty seven. This is NPR. At the US Mexico border their concerns about commerce Mexico's foreign ministry says it presented a diplomatic note to the US embassy in Mexico yesterday to express its concern about border delays of negatively affected trade between the two neighbors, the foreign ministry signaled, the urgency of improving the movement of goods, and people of deepening mutual cooperation the Kansas City. Chiefs say they have not changed their position on wide receiver tyreek hill under investigation for alleged child abuse but the teens head coach says there's been development on the legal front. Greg Eglin reports choose coach Andy Reid opened an unrelated news conference with remarks about tyreek hill after a local television station. Aired a conversation that reportedly identified hill and his fiancee, crystal Espinel talking about their three year old son says you have a lot of questions again or said also that the case has been reopened. So we'll stick with a statement. We made the district attorney's office wouldn't confirm that before the taped coversation aired the DA says there wasn't enough evidence to press charges against Hillary's fiance. But believes a crime that resulted in the three year old boy being injured had been committed for NPR news. I'm Gregg Ackland in Kansas City, more than six hundred fifty students at staffers at California State University in LA and UCLA possibly exposed to measles are under quarantine that is significantly higher than the initial report of almost two hundred employees and students earlier this week. I'm Louise Schiavone NPR news, Washington.
Full Episode: Sunday, March 10, 2019
"Are you hiring with indeed you can post job in minutes set up screener questions than zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash podcast. That's indeed dot com slash podcast. Tonight the deadly plane crash overseas the Boeing seven thirty-seven going down just after takeoff. No survivors would hundred fifty seven people on board. And we're now learning eight Americans along with UN staff. Members are among the dead, the pilot reporting problems just before going down and here at home. The passenger jet rocked by extreme air turbulence thirty people heard many tossed around the cabin crew member breaking a leg. Witnesses say it looked like a trauma center in the air. Also tonight tornadoes striking across five states at least ten twisters reported poems damage roofs ripped apart. Rob Marciano tracking. The new storm this week, plus the Jaguar attack a woman Claude after getting to close at the zoo. What she did to get the perfect selfie that landed her India -mergency room the city bus crashing Eurotunnel exploding in smoke and flames. Would investigators say caused the blast for diver swallowed by a whale trapped in its jaws the whole thing caught on camera how he escaped and the professional soccer player. Attacked in the middle of the game. Getting sucker punched by an opposing fans how that player ended up with the last laugh. This is ABC news tonight. Good evening. Thanks for joining us on this Sunday. I'm Tom Llamas. And we begin tonight with the mystery swirling around a deadly plane crash overseas, the new Boeing seven thirty-seven crashing just minutes after takeoff. An Ethiopian one hundred fifty seven people were on board the flight, and there were no survivors a large crowd gathering at the crash site. The pilot reporting difficulties and had just asked to return to the airport. The US State Department confirming several Americans among the victims, the UN secretary general says about a dozen personnel were also killed. This is the second air disaster involving this model of the Boeing seven thirty-seven in less than six months. ABC senior transportation correspondent David curly leaves us off US investigators are racing tonight to this Ethiopian crash site of another brand new Boeing, seven thirty-seven max. Eight eight Americans are among the one hundred fifty seven killed including many aid workers beta Betty. Beta Betty, saddened broken. For this tragic accident the airline CEO visiting the site just east of the Addis Ababa airport that jet taking off this morning for Kenya. When there was trouble almost immediately, the pilot mentioned that he had difficulty and he wants to retire. The data shows a pilots were having trouble controlling the aircraft after that radio. Call just six minutes after takeoff just two thousand feet off the ground the data stops that would suggest the possibility of an inflight explosion. That would suggest possibility of maybe a fire. It was October that another new seven thirty-seven max eight crashed in Indonesia in that case, the lion air pilots failed to disengage the autopilot when faulty readings engaged nose down safety system. Now, two crashes of this new jet in service for less than two years. There's nothing right now that I know of that would lend any credence to being concerned about this particular airplane. These two crashes are widely dissimilar humanitarian aid groups around the world are grieving tonight. The loss of staff who were killed in the crash from Britain Thirty-six-year-old, JoAnne tool who is going to an environmental conference policy. H E founder of an Italian group that works with UNICEF staff from five UN affiliated programs lost. All right. David curly joins us live. David. We heard from our expert who says there is no reason to think there is something wrong with this type of plane, but both of these accidents happening back to back in a new airplanes a plane that is growing in popularity throughout the US. There are more than seventy being flown right now in all three carriers in the US expressed confidence about this aircraft very early in this investigation. Tom, of course, the first thought is are they connected. We'll learn more in the coming days. Tom David curly with that new reporting tonight. David thank you in back here at home and the emergency landing at JFK here in New York more than two dozen passengers and crew injured by severe turbulence cellphone video. Shows passengers badly. Shaken after being tossed around during the flight from Istanbul the shaking so violence some passengers afraid they weren't going to make it a crew member. Even breaking a leg, here's ABC's Zachary quiche, it was less than an hour before landing when the turbulent on. Unable several passenger who took this video said there was no warning. And if the extreme shaking lasted more than five minutes causing serious injuries. Then I see start people starting like flying in the plane. Than sin blood all over a bloody hand visible on the overhead compartment as passengers tried to steady themselves some were slashed on the head and back. One flight attendant broke her leg this've. Verity of the situation clear in this exchange with the tower. Dr pleasing around. He's South Asia rice, you're gonna need us his sub salami. Stole does. Although the seat belt light was on many were standing to stretch at the end of a long flight a lot of people jerked up some people hit the ceiling. Somebody will hit signs of the plane a religious came out of nowhere. It was pretty dramatic. And you could definitely feel that that zero gravity sense of dropping. The flight was met by ambulances at JFK and thirty people were taken to the hospital a crew member seeing here. Limping off the flight many put on stretchers most of the passengers have been released five are still in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Now that plane was inspected determined to be okay and put back in service, Tom saccharin cash for us tonight Zachary, thank you. Let's turn now to the extreme weather and the tornado strikes in the south at least ten reported in five states. And he if one tornado ripped apart rooftops and downing power lines in Springhill, Louisiana. Heavy snow falling in the mid west. Look at that the roof of a fire department. Collapsing onto a fire truck this is in white lake. Wisconsin. And as a system moves out anew storm is already taking aim this week ABC. Stephanie Ramos is in Memphis tonight. Tonight, a second round of destructive tornadoes pummeling the south. Oh, wow. Watch this e f one tornado hair across this parking lot in Louisiana. One hundred and five mile per hour winds shearing the roof right off this building. This just one of ten reported tornadoes in five states Saturday this video from Mississippi showing just how fast these twisters move for free. Right beer. It's that same tornado leaving the town of walnut in shambles similar scenes in Arkansas after an f one tornado injured two people near Little Rock that time they sit tight cover just come through and just de LA damage. Memphis, Tennessee, also slammed sixty mile per hour winds crashing a tree through Daniel Williams home. This was a close call for you guys. I'm still shaking the same system. Turning roads into obstacle courses in the mid west more than one hundred seventy crashes reported across Minnesota this car flipped over onto its roof. The family that survived. This is so thankful to be alive and thousands, especially here in the south are continuing to deal with severe weather and peak severe weather season is more than a month away. Tom Stephanie that image is incredible. I don't know how they survived right? Let's get right to senior meteorologist, rob Marciano. Rob who's been a busy weekend. And now, even more weather headed our way. Yeah. This next door is going to be more in the way severe weather to the planes right now. It's a core system for California. There was hail in Oakland. And we're looking at snow just east of Los Angeles. And then it gets up into the four corners region. Southern colorado. We'll see some snow severe weather through western Texas. Looks like a Tuesday afternoons a slow moving system. I think we'll see blizzard conditions across the plains of eastern, Colorado and more snow in the mountains avalanche danger remains high there and look at all the rain. Several days across the northern plains which has seen some snow. So they may see some flooding by mid week, Tom. All right, rob. Thank you next tonight. The zoo attack at Arizona. Authorities say visitor was clawed by Jaguar while trying to take a selfie climbing over a barrier to get a closer shot to other guests hearing those screams and rushing into helper. Here's ABC's Morsi Gonzales tonight. This woman attacked by Jaguar at an era Zona zoo is recovering. Hear her yelling in pain as bystanders and employees rushed to help one witness distracting the animal with a water bottle getting it to release its grip. Army officials at the wildlife world zoo near Phoenix say the woman crossed over a barrier to take a selfie near the Jaguars and closure Saturday. The large cat reaching through the fence digging. It's claws into her arm. Officer because. A similar incident happening with the same Jaguar just last year. Deserves director stressing the Jaguar will not be euthanized because neither attack was the animal's fault. Barrier. They're there for good reason. We try to keep everyone safe is comes two months after a lion at a wildlife sanctuary in North Carolina Maldon intern to death and this close call it a zoo in Florida this child injured after falling into a rhino exhibit and back to the attack this weekend. Zoo spokesperson says that woman who was injured actually went back today to apologize admitting. She was wrong to cross that barrier. Tom. No doubt a big step for her. All right MARCY. Thank you. We would do move onto the crisis in Venezuela. The massive power outage turning deadly at least fifteen hospital deaths are being blamed on the blackout now in its fourth day more than seventy percent of the country affected the airport near the capital. Forced to cancel flights problem centered at the country's main hydroelectric plant the government briefly getting it back online before suffering. Another setback we turned out of politics and the new border wall showdown brewing between President Trump and Democrats on Capitol Hill, the price tag is growing. The White House says. President Trump will request eight point six billion to fund the wall when he releases details of his proposed budget plan tomorrow. House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer warned the president is heading down the path towards another government shutdown. Here's ABC White House. Correspondent Tara Palmeri tonight. President Trump gearing up for a new battle over the border wall. Tomorrow, he'll up the ante requesting eight point six billion dollars in the budget to continue building along seven hundred miles of the US Mexican border. We need the wall, and it has to be built and we want to build it fast. The president's latest ask is billions of dollars about the five point seven billion. He demanded months ago, sparking the longest government shutdown in US history. I am proud to shut down the government for border security tonight. House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, saying the president's request will lead to another shutdown in a joint statement, they smack down his funding attempt saying, quote, President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government. Congress refused to fund his wall, and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government the same thing will repeat itself, we hope he learned his lesson doing a wall. They have any doubt that we're not doing a wall. When the president didn't get the money. He wanted for the wall he declared a national emergency to access billions of dollars and go around congress that executive decision already facing challenges in congress and the courts, especially after this common. He made while announcing the emergency. I didn't need to do this. But I'd rather do it much faster the White House saying the president won't give up this fight. So yes, he's going to stay with his wall. And he's going to say with the border security thing. I think it's essential. That was terrible. My reporting for us overseas now to the battle over the last ISIS foothold in Syria US BAC forces moving against ISIS fighters and thousands of women and children have been evacuated. But many families are refusing to leave town ABC's James Longman is in Syria this guy over in eastern, Syria. Unliked once. Again with rookie and gunfire. The final push against ISIS back home tonight weapons targeted US-backed troops moving in on the last piece of the so-called Islam estate, but we won't stop until every ISIS. Fighter is dead or captured around fifteen hundred jihadis stint inside the tiny town. But the battle beginning, even though not all civilians are clear of the danger zone tonight a coalition come onto tending ABC news, a number of foreign ISIS families are revealed. Willing human shields perhaps. But among them will be children unaware of the Butler ahead on astonishing fourteen thousand children onto twelve have already left bugaboos among the waves of civilians evacuation false the US back coalition here to suspend operations that send to this makeshift camp. Now at breaking point with more than sixty five thousand evacuees many with no real shelter. And despite all this some mind still poison, but is this vicious ideology, even as children's bodies offer proof of its evil and the million dollar question. When will I say speed defeated? No one knows how long it's been. Okay. We can told for weeks that US-backed full is are on the edge of victory, and yet the weeks this battle has dragged on but reclaiming ISIS territory is only part of this fight beating their ideology, that's the real Tom shames long with those stunning images of starving. Children caught in the middle. James? Thank you and much more on world news tonight. This sunday. What set off this intense choir and golfing and entire city bus the dramatic images coming in and would've forties or saying tonight. Plus the dangerous moments on the side of a cliff for era glider and the rescuers trying to save him and imagine getting swallowed by Wael. It happened to a diver you see him. They're caught inside those massive jaws. You will hear from this diver when we come back the incredible way he got out alive. Stay with us. When it comes to hiring. You don't have time to waste you need help getting to your shortlist of qualified candidates fast. That's why you need indeed dot com. Get started today at indeed dot com slash podcast. That's indeed dot com slash podcast, Bucknell with the terrifying moment for a diverse studying marine life, Italy funding himself inside the jaws of a giant whale whose ABC's Lana Zak take a look at this photograph, those legs dangling out of a whale's mouth belong to Reiner. Ship Reiner was taking photos of sharks feeding during the annual sardine migration in South Africa. But as he was concentrating on the sharks he didn't realize that there was a far larger animal coming to the surface out of nowhere. The one came up from the side. I realized a split second later that I was inside the way it was pitch black. I couldn't see anything at fifty feet long weighing fifty five thousand pounds. This Bridewell could have crushed his ribs or brought him deep under the water. Thought to myself. Well, he comes because he's Froude is too small to human. But obviously, he couldn't take me down into the water fish Reiner failed his lungs with air preparing for the worst. When suddenly it just twisted gone at the fish push out, the the water and with the water he pushed on me, and I was outta game. Last year. Another whale made news capsizing twenty foot fishing boat in the Atlantic and last summer this humpback whale breached right next to a boat, but none of these encounters have been closer than his the whale got away with the fried as much as I definitely I don't want to be inside away game. Tom Rayner is fine. And after being released from the whale's mouth. He had two questions with everyone else. Okay. And did they get the photo dumb? Incredible. He survived that right Lana. And we did get the photo for index in the striking images coming from Sweden. A city bus look at that exploding in Stockholm completely engulfed in flames. Police say one of its gas tubes on its roof may have hit a road sign. No passengers were on board at the time of the accident. But the dry. Ever was hospitalized back here at home. And the new worries about a marine gone missing. During a ski trip in the high Sierras the search for Lieutenant Matthew craft intensifying by air now rescue teams on the ground had to turn back to avalanche concerns that why full platoon commander based at Camp Pendleton was due back on March fourth but never returned his father, contact authorities winter storms in this area. Have made the search very very difficult and the daring rescue off Cape Cod. Massachusetts ah paraglider slamming into the cliff at sag Amore beach the parallels attempts to get him down. You could see the firefighter slipping there those rescuers fighting the hang onto the face of the cliff everyone out of danger tonight. Luckily and the shocking moment on a British soccer field caught on camera. The star player Jack Greeley sucker punched right there. During the match by an opposing fan who got past security members of both teams, then grabbing that guy greenish taking that hit but going on to score the winning goal that man in custody tonight Aston Villa going on to defeat Birmingham. Finally tonight playing it by ear the school security officer hitting a high note with a child in a challenging moment. It's America strong. Twelve-year-old? Raquel Zuniga is hardly ever seen without her special stuffed animal, we're conference Carmen everywhere. And he's her buddy Rick hills in seventh grade class for students with special needs at Herbert Slater middle school in Santa Rosa, California. She loves to play basketball and try new recipes in her cooking class, but her mother Allie Heil says Raquel sometimes has trouble moving from one class to the next. It's like she gets stuck in position. And it's usually the transition or something to the other end, and it's not unusual where it to be really long time. Like that on this particular day Raquel was having a hard time going from the hallway to outside. She had been frozen in place for more than an hour. Teachers were trying to soothe her, but nothing was working until this incredible moment. Fine. Such. That school resource officer Chris Morrison singing Kermit, the frog famous song rainbow connection. I love Herman Raquel clearly touched officer Morrison able to make that connection when you see the video in the way at the end recap turns and smiles that says it all it's it's she was she knew and that I think really made that connection special seeing that this officer knew the song to Morrison of former teacher herself says this was a moment. She will never forget that young lady smile made my day made my week made my year. I mean, just absolutely a moment. I won't forget. And it reminds me why I'm in the profession I'm in. And we also will not forget, and we think officer Morrison for being in that profession. We also want to think we're killing and her mom for sharing that wonderful story. We thank you for watching on Tom yomas in New York GMA first thing in the morning, David Muir. We'll be right back here. Tomorrow night have a weighty. Are you hiring with indeed you can post a job in minutes set up screener questions than zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash podcast. That's indeed dot com slash podcast.
U.S. Officials Plan To End Sanction Waivers On Iranian Oil
"Support for this podcast and the following message. Come from CFA society, Washington DC, you've worked hard to grow your wealth. Make sure you're working with a wealth manager who has grown with you work with a CF HR holder. Learn more at the right question dot org. The US State Department is expected to tighten the screws on Iran's oil industry today and in doing so the US government is also going to be putting pressure on some of its own allies like Turkey and Japan, those countries and a few others have been given waivers from sanctions to continue buying Iranian. Oil. Those waivers are expected to end joining us to talk about it is Dimitri Sevastopol. Oh, he is the Washington bureau chief for the financial times he's been reporting on this. Good morning wanting to have it. So these are waivers to sanctions that are expected to be taken away. Can you just step back and remind is what these sanctions were in the first place. Sure. Well, the US sanctions on Iran for a long time. But when the Obama administration signed a deal with Iran in two thousand fifteen the landmark Yvonne new. Nuclear deal with the other permanent. Members of the national said the United Nations Security council, they essentially arranged for waivers. So that sanctions that were in place before would not be enforced. Not when Donald Trump pulled out of Iran nuclear deal in may of two thousand eighteen he's signaled that he was going to snap back on those sanctions that had been wait for a long time. In connection with that. The US have been trying for a long time to get its allies and some apart of countries to reduce the reports of Iranian oil. Anyway, then leading up to November when the broad sanctions on Iran were put back on last year. The administration said it was going to make sure that it's always partners reduced oil imports me around two zero. However, when it got close to the point it actually did give a set of eight waivers to the countries that you mentioned and said, it would give them more time one hundred and eighty days to start trying to reduce their imports on their reliance on Iran. Some of those countries, Greece, Italy and Taiwan actually got their imports. I think pretty much down to zero but the others China, India Japan, South Korea and Turkey still have a way to go. So basically, what's happening? This morning is secretary of state Mike Pompeo is going to say on may second waivers will no longer exist. And do you will face the potential of US sanctions if you import Iranian oil, and as the expectation that this could have a big affect on. On Iran, and is always the the goal in tough moves like this to try and change the behavior of the regime what it's definitely going to have a greater impact on the Iranian economy, which is already suffering very hard under existing sanctions. So it's going to have more of an effect there on one of the other questions, obviously is whether it's going to impact or prices in the global market and to what extent could do that. I mean, could we see, you know, a big spike in gas prices over the summer well a year ago? The Trump administration justified giving the waivers it said this an oil markets are very tight right now if we put squeeze on it could be bad for the US economy. Well, oil prices are reasonably high right now as well. They hit a high of seventy four dollars in Asia trading over nice, which is not far from where they wear your go. What the administration here is counting on is that Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will actually step in and provide output to make up for the shortfall from cutting Iranian. But whether it can do that or not will obviously be. The test. They say I talked to an official last night who said that they've arranged us. But you know, these things come full through. So I think that's going to be the real test and briefly why now is administration doing this? Now. Oh, well, they say that they're logic. They say is that it's not conducive to do this. Because oil prices aren't as tight as they wear year ago. But the number of people who would who would doubt that I think it's also partly that. It's just a gradual push to keep ramping up the rhetoric on Iran to try and change the behavior of the regime in Tehran. Dmitri says stuff a low is the Washington bureau chief for the financial times joining us this morning, thanks for your time to meet you. Thank you.
Dan Brouillette 6-30-19
"Good Morning America. This is the cats roundtable, John cats Batista's here. One of the most important thing in our lives is energy. It runs our air conditioning, of course, and what's going on. We've had problems in the Middle East, we've had problems with people protesting cold protesting nuclear energy, Willis this morning as deputy Secretary, Dan, brunette. Good morning mister secretary. How are you? Good morning, John. I'm doing great. Thanks for having me today. Now you've just gotten back from Israel. What brings the deputy secretary of energy to Israel. And what did you find out in what's going on? Well, judge an exciting place to be Israel is developing cyber technologies are developing internet capabilities. They're developing computing capabilities that are very, very exciting and leading to new new production. If you will, of. Energy in that particular part of the world. And in addition to that they've done some, some flynt's, there's now, some of the largest cast reserves and guests feels that have been found in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, and we were there to talk to them about potential infrastructure development and moving that gas on shore to Israel, and perhaps around the world. Now, a lot of it depends on the interrelations between I guess down in that area Cyprus, and Israel and Turkey, have you found any difficulties are they working things out, or, you know, John, there's some there's some activity that's going on the various countries, there's disputes about who owns what portion of those gas fields, and we're hopeful that, you know, the State Department under the State Department, leave the US State Department, the US government can be helpful in helping them resolve some of those issues, and I expect that they will be in the very near future. But we're interested in, in having this. Sputum resolved quickly because we think that this gas has the potential to help some other hot spots around the world. And what I mean by that is primarily Europe, as we've seen over the course of the last few years, Europe, has become more and more dependent upon Russian gas. And we would like to see them have additional options available in the marketplace. And if we can develop the infrastructure in the eastern Mediterranean, and move at gas to Europe. It provides them with another option in that particular part of the world and. With the problems going on in the straits. I know what's going between the president and Iran, etc. The sweaty said to have alternative ways of moving product telemarketers, the Saudi said you had to turn it of ways of moving product, what were they? Well, you know, there, there are a number of different options that we have talked about over the course of the last few years. Straight Samore, moves historically, as you know, been a, a problem area and the geography there creates an advantage for certain countries in that region to stop production. Oh to slow production or at least slow the oil and gas from reaching the market with the Saudi Saudi folks have talked about over the course of a number of years is, you know, potentially developing a pipeline that might run through Jordan through Israel in allow that gas and oil to reach the Mediterranean. And if we were able to help them do. That in some way, and obviously, it reduces the risk that currently say, spy, rainy activity in the in the straits before moves view, feel comfortable with what's going on with Turkey. I know that Ertegun had a problem in the elections last week. And what do you see things going? Well, you know, I think the Turkish government and the Turkish industries decided to start drilling in some of these areas that we mentioned earlier is being disputed, I would hope that they would continue to talk to their neighbors and Cyprus as well as their neighbors in Lebanon, and Israel and potentially work out the boundaries for these fines. It's very important that they do that. Every country is a write in, you know, under their sovereign governments to pursue whatever economic activity that they think is in the best interests of their citizens. But in this case, I think it's important that we sit down and you know, have a robust dialogue to really. Salvage the boundary so that everyone can become a part of this exciting find in the eastern, then why don't we move over to America for Jochen in America has become the highest? It's ever been. Is that correct? That is. Correct. That is correct. How many we producer of oil and gas in the world? We ought to biggest one gas producer will, I mean nobody would ever dream. Now it happened. What help to get that way innovation in one simple? Word innovation the development of technologies that allow us to now. See the reserves that we have any, I mean in the seismic the ability to look at these seismic formations and, and see the reserves in ways, we couldn't see just a ten twelve fifteen twenty year second part of that is development of technologies that allow us to reach these reserves economically efficiently. We couldn't do that to decades ago, and in a word. Innovation has changed the energy industry. And it's allowed us to become as I mentioned earlier, the world's largest producer of oil and gas. And we suspect that, that position will remain, perhaps as long as the next decade, perhaps, even two decades to come. Now, if you add up Mexico, Canada and the United States, how many bows day, we do we produce what percentage is that of the world will United States. We produce thirteen million barrels per day, and we have an organization within the US department of energy called the energy invasion, ministration, they estimate that, that productions getting crease by another million barrels per day in twenty twenty so we'll be at approximately fourteen million barrels per which, again, John, it's just on heard of at least in my lifetime. That's unheard of so he's production numbers of strong. I would have to look at the numbers for Mexico and Kim. Canada to give you a precise number. But the American production alone is changing. The, the face of world energy. So we could say North America is self sufficient, and we have enough to exploit. Absolutely absolutely. We are it is estimated that toward the end of this year, or perhaps in twenty twenty for the first time. Again in my lifetime. We will become a net energy exporter. So not only the world's largest producer voting. Yes. But we will become in America net energy exporter. And that hasn't happened since the nineteen fifties. Now what's going on in the in the Greenmarket e wind energy water, etc? Etc. Is that any any home, hold, it all was it to make the people that want to feel better? Well, I think it's, you know, it's important purposes of reducing the emissions across the country, you know, John, we have a great story in America to tell, you know, between two thousand five and two thousand seventeen we reduce carbon emissions in the United States by roughly fourteen percent. And this is why the economy crew seventeen percent that same period and, you know, that's largely due to fuel efficiency it's largely due to the transition to things like natural gas, and it's importantly, due to the fact that we have a very strong nuclear industry here in the United States, which is zero emissions fuel source for us in America. So we, we've got a good story to tell there and, you know, the president has done enormous work in taking back, you know, some of the, the more burdensome and more onerous climate rules that were imposed by the Obama. Ministration and I think, you know, you'll see those industries who've renewable industry continue to grow over the course of the next, you know, call it five years or ten years. We have a minute left. Anything else would I tell your Mark from public? Well, I think we just covered a, you know, a fair amount of ground here. But I think it's important for Americans to know that American energy is great again. It's a fantastic place to be the country's in a much different posture. They were just two years ago. And as a result of the strength that we have developed in American energy, this president has options that not many presidents in the past of head. And we see we're seeing that reflected all around the world. It's given them great strength in the pregnant Goshi since they're ongoing. And it's allowing him to make decisions that, you know, frankly, that many presidents have been able to make Dan brunette. Deputy secretary of energy. Thank you for your service to our country. And thank you for coming on Sunday morning and letting the American people know what's going on. And we'll catch up with you again. Real soon. Thank you, John. This is the catch roundtable. We'll be right back.
Full Episode: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
"Are you hiring with indeed you can post job in minutes set up screener questions than zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash Nightline. That's indeed dot com slash Nightline. Good evening. Thank you for joining us. We begin with the young woman who left the US in the name of ISIS married into terrorism in preached extremists believes now in our exclusive interview, she's pleading to come home. Here's ABC's James Longman. Do you feel regret for being partner? When is Asian like ISIS. Definitely it's not a slumming at all anyone that says, so I will fight against it. Hold on the fun is begging for a second chance. I'm just a normal human being who has been manipulated once. And hopefully, never again when she was nineteen years old. She left her Alabama, home and hopped on a plane with a plan to join ISIS. She says she'd been brainwashed into thinking. She was announcing a cooling g member like waking up in the morning and thinking today is the day. I was very active online and for the woman going, and then I thought to myself that I need to the militant Islamic group known for public executions kidnappings and beheading journalists rose to power as an offshoot of al-qaeda over a decade ago. Destroying towns, murdering tens of thousands, but Madonna that she was unprepared for the violence of ISIS with see dead bodies. In public would see limbs spluttered on the floor seeing it with your own eyes, really made you wake up and change. And now in an exclusive interview with ABC news. She says she wants to come home. When I go back more, and I will try to. Help people not make the same mistake that I have she says the birth of her now eighteen month old son changed her when he was born. I wanted to leave because I had a new motherhood instinct that I didn't have before a circled ISIS bride Mary twice to ISIS fighters has sun a product of her second marriage. She says, she's renounced ISIS. I hope America doesn't think a threat to them. And I hope. They can accept me. Overseas me different from the one she left behind in America. With on. That was born in New Jersey. The family finally settling in Hoover, Alabama one of five children in an upper middle class family, which she says was strict I had a good relationship with my family, but I wanted a more Americanized life. Just wanted to go out. I want to have like friends go to places they didn't get any of the only way out for me was to become practicing to become more religion more religious twenty-seven team on his father spoke to ABC news shadow at first he said, he was proud. His daughter seemed to become more devout about religion, not realizing she was secretly taking cues from ISIS recruiters on her phone and never thought in my life. That would have been to us to me to family, but it habit to my family's could have been to any other family for insists she was brainwashed into becoming a radical Muslim of the joining a secret Twitter network of roughly three thousand like minded members had an account on Twitter. And you're all just normal. Muslims speaking together, and look we would just even rep online together. And I heard that was announced I thought it was obligatory on me too. She started spreading ISIS propaganda online encouraging attacks on Americans. I read one of infamous tweets to go on drive bys and spill all of their blood or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans. Patriots Memorial Day, kill them. It's crazy. I can't even believe I thought that really. It's the more. I gained knowledge the more. I knew that. It wasn't correct. So we had just young people not knowing much about their religion. We interpreted everything very wrong. In November of two thousand fourteen Madonna says she told her family she was going on a school trip to Atlanta Georgia was there. She took a flight to Turkey, but she won't say how she made it into Syria fair in the safe house, and they keep you in the rocker the so-called capital of the caliphate. With locks on all the doors and all the windows and guards in front of the luck doors and a guard in front of the guard, and how many of you in this room at a time, there'd be about two hundred people everyone just gave their preferences on who they liked to marry. And then you were given a list, and then you can choose. List of men, and you could choose from list. Does that sound crazy to you? Now sounds very. She says her first husband was an Australian of Bangladeshi origin. They will marry just three months before he was killed in battle seen here in photos taken from his now deleted social media has second husband attune is Ian and the father of her child. He too is dead. We're all just young girls married for the first time. Most of it was our first relationship, and then just suddenly dies. She says she married a third time. But doesn't know where her husband is now. Six weeks ago. Madonna fled Susa village, no far from where US back forces closing in on ISIS in Syria just days ago. I witnessed the often mauve look at it. Because this is what liberation looks like in Syria. She says she'd have fearing for her and her son safety. There was nothing in the market. There was nothing in the shops. We were eating what was Cal food, and we just plucked grass from around our houses and fry seeing western eight grass stella's molest day. After spending two nights in the desert. She was captured by Kurdish forces and placed in the spoiling Kurdish run out refugee camp in Newton Syria. She's believed to be the only American inside the camp. Can you see why people back in the United States? We'll be skeptical of your story that you now say you regret having joined the Islamic state. But it's really because you want to come home. Sure, everyone thinks that and I hope they excuse me because of how young and ignorant. I was really, and I can tell them that now of changed in now mother, and now I have none of the ideology in hopefully, everyone will see it when I get back countries around the world, the grappling with the issue of repatriating ISIS brides, like Madonna and others involved with ISIS. President Trump has said he wants American ISIS militants back to the US to face Justice while asking European allies to take back their ISIS fighters and put them on trial. According to the nonpartisan think tank new America at least seven. Seven people have returned to the US after fighting or training with ISIS abroad and have face charges. Do you think you deserve punishment for what you did? Maybe there'd be lessons may be a process that will ensure us that will never do this again. Jail time. I don't know if it has an effect on people I need help mentally as well. I don't have the ideology anymore. But I just trumped is from my experience at a tiny from thunnus family says she understands she may face legal consequences for her decision to join ISIS hood is absolutely disgusted by the person. She became while. Under the spell of these brainwashing monsters, the US State Department today said it's looking into these cases to better understand the details, but declined to comment on any individual, including Mathon because of privacy and security, and now you want America to come and get you. I'm. Almost cried myself to sleep every day because. I know that when I do get back. I would probably will be sentenced to jail for. I don't know how much time and thinking that my last few moments with him is stuck in a prison before another prison. Our thanks to James next. The man who has spent a lifetime proving everyone raw. Are you hiring with indeed you can post a job in minutes set up screener questions than zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash Nightline. That's indeed dot com slash Nightline. Here's a high school football coach in Gilroy, California, who is showing physical limitations can't stop you from achieving your dreams. His compelling story captioning ESPN's SE feature documentary who says I can't. At this time. I just want to introduce to you tell us that my higher because I was pressed with his knowledge of the game. New. Madness. Really, really awful. I didn't have a choice to have an Intel. So I had to. To keep robbery from the back of my mind. I'm asking why? Listen one hundred born like you in the world. What am I going to do this more? They really didn't wanna see Robert. So I didn't see the Riber about two weeks because it just fitting new what to do. But. Different. He sees people's fair in as an opportunity. It's a really easy tiled. Can you really really happy? What's your favorite team? To give to doesn't require from to be physical making. It were that I think he just took the ball grad. I think the most difficult part about having norms and no legs is simply not being able to play sports. I don't show it. I'm good at not showing it. But yeah, I I get mad. Get mad. A god. I get mad at the lower Ivy like why is freshman year. Fanning behind the fence that distance watching the practice that was the beginning. We wanted to get them involved in the program. So we invited them to be our manager. They obviously knew I can play. But just to include me and made me feel part of it. You know, many feel I guess you can say normal. He paid attention to us as coaches, but he learned the game playing that in football and create a game plan on Madden. And then he'd come to practice and try to create the same game plans, and execute them the same way, I started giving Robert a little bit more responsibility with my quarterback. Is on the quarterback on the quarterback. And the next thing, you know, he was running the drills force. Ourselves. When they go to a job interview. Sometimes I feel like I'm gonna scaring not the right word. Surprise. And I don't know how they're gonna take this prize. As he rolls out on us. When I first saw that I'm like, how can this coach? And as you comes give me give me this. I just give them a little fist pump right there on his shoulder. And all that nerves that I had was just note that away I knew I've been ready for I've been overlooked in. Finally, someone gave me up -tunities. So I really appreciated that going to be my thirteenth year coaching. And I can't wait to get to know. Every single wanna you believe in yourself believe in your teammates and believe in what you're doing. If you're taking back that's just natural. But after the first two seconds. It's just a normal guy. I don't care how good you are care. How experienced you? Are you guys going to do everything the team though, he may not look like a coach he definitely acts like one? So what we're gonna teach right now is called thirty one zone, which is knowledge of the game for somebody that has actually gone through. It is oppressive on his phone. He could diagram play faster than I can do pen paper. There's definitely doubters out there. Like parents son is getting coached I quarterback from guy that has no lights. Want to? Lights fire into my bike. About more than anything a family. That is one thing. I'd take pride on. I love people. I love you love you love you love everyone. So if you guys catch on. Then you'd better get fix. Ain't gonna go to. Whistle. It was a fractured orbital bone. And my cheek bone is fractured as well. Conceive. Couldn't you. I just felt bad for him. Hard life. And I try to make it as easy as I can. Things that you and I take for granted like brushing your teeth. Washing your face for taking a shower or going to the restroom. Robert needs someone to help them. But he's tough. Two days later, he was at his practice. And his thing is got to be there for the kids want to let them down and let the kids down. Being challenged in my motivation. Who says I can't originally came from just having a drive to accomplish whatever people. And I can't. Do. Team in the last ten years as mostly losing seasons. He's just really has done a job that I haven't been able to see other coaches at that level before. That. We're not done yet. Hitter. On the way as. Good. Vision title this afternoon over prospect. Dave. Came as far team. It's going to hurt today. And that's okay. Because we care because we'd love this game football. I really sincerely want. You guys to understand how much I appreciate this. They'd always him because they see a man in a wheelchair. Souissi our coach who's. Perfect. Pushing the field after games makes me feel like. To have him as my that. You mean? The feeling of importance. I don't think they understand that they will one day. Remember them. I think we make a perfect team. Can we agree on that? We agree. Who says I? That is firing stuff. You can watch the full documentary who says I can't on ESPN dot com. On demand. And finally tonight, remembering fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld the creative director for Chanel and Fendi died today known for his cutting commentary and signature look ponytail dark sunglasses and block on sample. He became a powerhouse in the fashion industry vocab and chief and winter remembers her longtime friend saying his creative genius was breathtaking and to be his friend was exceptional gift. And that's Nightline when you can't stay up with us. You could always catch full episodes on Hulu. Thanks for the company America. Goodnight. Are you hiring with indeed you can post a job in minutes set up screener questions than zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash Nightline. That's indeed dot com slash Nightline.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
"Are Good News for Americans quarantined on a cruise ship getting evacuated as as they don't have the corona virus also new details from China? Where healthcare workers have been infected? Scott Simon and I'm Lou Garcia Navarro. And this is a first from. Npr News tweets from President trump or seen as interference in Justice Department business even by some supporters causing the attorney. General says it's getting under way of doing his job. Maybe the president should listen to the attorney. General Senator Mitch McConnell talking to Fox News yesterday. After Attorney General Bar complained the president tweets. Make it impossible for him to do his job and a peace deal between the US and the Taliban but no details yet from Secretary of state might pump Pale. Stay with us. We'll give you the news. You need to start your day support for this podcast and the following message come from Google from Connecticut to California from Mississippi to Minnesota millions of American businesses are using Google tools to grow online. Learn more at Google dot com slash grow. Passengers have been mostly confined to their rooms quarantined on the diamond princess for almost two weeks and despite the cruise ship being under lockdown in Japan Corona virus infections have continued to rise but now the US State Department is sending a charter plane to evacuate American citizens from the vessel. Anne Pierce Jason Bobi and joins me now from Hong Kong for the latest on this global health crisis. Good Morning Good Morning. So let's start. What is happening with the cruise ship? That's quarantine at a dock In Yokohama Japan. Yeah things just continue to get worse than Japan. Ministry of Health just announced that another sixty seven people on board of tested positive. This brings the total number of cases on the ship to two eighty five. Now everybody on the Diamond. For instance is basically not allowed to leave on a two-week quarantine in this quarantine might be keeping the virus from spreading into Japan. But it's clearly not stopping it from spreading on the boat so the US yes has finally said it's going to come in and extract any Americans who want to get off but it's also not clear that the roughly three hundred fifty. Us citizens are all going to accept the offers of this evacuation. And why is it what are? Us officials requiring of the people that they're gonNA take off the boat. So I've been communicating with some of the people on the boat and I've seen the letter the US embassy sent out to them in in. Here's the deal. If you get off the boat and you fly back. You're going to have to do another fourteen day quarantine on an airbase in the US. Once you land and now this evacuation happens when they're saying it's going to happen. Which looks like it will be Monday. These passengers and crew would have almost been on the verge of serving out there fourteen day quarantine on the diamond princess. There would be another two days and then they were supposed to be released into pan on Wednesday but there was no guarantee that that might have still happened right so this might be the best deal they could get. That's right. It's not clear that Japan was actually going to let people off given the fact that all of these new cases are being found on the boat. And what about also what's happening with? This outbreak remains primarily China health problem. Despite you know we're hearing other cases in different parts of the world new deaths popping up even inside China it remains a problem primarily inside who bay province to be cleared there are thousands of cases in other parts of China. But who bay is really the epicenter every day? We're getting another two thousand cases. Three thousand new cases from ebay hundred deaths day primarily from there and again. It's really focused in around. Who Bay in the city of. Wuhan and I guess the big question is China. Finally getting a handle on this. I mean have. We reached the point where these numbers will or may start to go down and that is really the big question. That's out there right now. You know it. It appeared that this thing was starting to Plateau and then China change the case definition th the basically said that they were unable before to to tell whether some cases were actual cases because they didn't have the ability to test everybody they've thrown in this new clinical definition of what it is to be infected And that is making the numbers. Go Up and it's also raising questions that there might be a lot of other cases out there that haven't been getting gotten picked up that's NPR's Jason Bobin reporting from Hong Kong. Thank you so much. You're welcome Unusual tension this week between president trump and his attorney. General William Barr. I cannot do my job here at the department With a constant background commentary that that undercuts me. That was the attorney general in an interview on. Abc Thursday. When he said he wished the president would just stop some of his tweets to have public statements and tweets made about the department about People in the department our our men and women hear about cases pending in the department and about judges before whom we have cases Make it impossible for me to do my job. And now reports that the Justice Department is taking another look at the prosecution of former trump national security adviser. Michael Flynn and anger from the White House as the DOJ fails to prosecute Andrew McCabe formerly of the FBI White House. Reporter Aisha Roscoe joins us now. Good Morning Good morning so bars. Comments raised a lot of eyebrows. How unusual is it for a member of trump's cabinet to publicly criticize him? It's been pretty unusual for them to do it while still in office. Trump's been clear that he likes people who are loyal. He's been unhappy in the past when people criticize him. A these comments from bar came after the Justice Department recommended a sentence for Roger Stone. Trump's longtime confidant that trump tweeted that he thought it was too harsh. The Justice Department reverses recommendation on sentencing for stone. Embar US this interview to say that the president did not ask him to change the sentencing recommendation. And he wants the president to stop tweeting about these kinds of cases so the president is not known for taking criticism. Well how did he take What is pretty public taking to task? Surprise surprise he tweeted. He said that he has the legal right to weigh. In on cases though he is not chosen to do that quote so far. My Colleague Ryan. Lucas has reported that the DOJ let the White House know about the interview after it was taped but before it aired And then yesterday there was some big news the DOJ said it would not seek any criminal charges against Andrew McCabe for authorising in a to talk to the press about an investigation. This is one of the people involved in the Russia probe Who has been a big target for president? Trump's criticism McCabe was fired from his job in March. Two thousand eighteen but trump still talks in tweets about them all the time. Here's how he described them earlier. This week nothing happened with all the people that did scam wiz. Call me why. Where's call me what's happening? What's happening to Lisa and Peter Struck at Lisa page? What's happened with them? It was a whole setup that was a disgrace for our country and everyone knows it to everyone including NBC which gives a lot of fake news. The president has not tweeted spoken about this new development with McCabe. It will be a test of whether he listens to bars warning about tweeting and whether he'll weigh in as he said he has every right to do in a Justice Department case. So what is next on this story? Stone is being sentenced week right yet. He'll be sentenced this week. On Thursday. Trump has been asked whether he'll offer him a pardon he said this week. He didn't WanNa talk about that yet. And will know more about this. Ap Report of the DOJ. Taking another. Look at Michael. Flynn's case in which flint pleaded guilty the president has to rallies this week one in Phoenix on Wednesday in Colorado Springs on Thursday. So we'll see if he talks about it there that's NPR White House. Reporter Asia Roscoe. Thank you so much. Thank you and for more White House coverage be sure to check out the NPR. Politics podcast There's a truce in the making between the US and the Taliban if successful it would open the way for a deal that might eventually bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end eighteen years of war. But there hasn't been much talk about it from the stage of a major international meeting going on right now in Munich. Npr's Rob Schmitz is at the Munich. Security Conference Rob. Thanks so much for being with us. Good Morning Scott. Us officials met with their counterparts from Afghanistan. What do we know about the details? Well we first heard about this deal yesterday from a senior. Us official who spoke on the condition of anonymity and according to this official the US and Taliban have agreed to a seven day reduction of violence. That will cover the entire country and if the Taliban which controls roughly half of Afghanistan is able to make good on this then A. Us Taliban peace agreement would be signed within ten days and it would mean a drawdown of US troops from their current levels around thirteen thousand to less than nine thousand. Us military personnel. I'm here at the security conference in Munich. We were expecting secretary of state. Mike Pompeo or Secretary of Defense Mark Asper to mention the deal in their speeches this morning but neither of them did after his speech. Secretary of Defense. Asper finally address the deal when asked about it by moderator. Here's what he said. I think there's general agreement my view as well that we have. We have to give peace a chance that the the best if not only way forward in Afghanistan is through a political agreement. And that means Take some risk that means enabling diplomats and that means working together with our partners and allies on the ground to effect such a thing. It's got one of those partners. The government of Afghanistan Sentence President Ashraf Ghani here and he met with Secretary on paper yesterday. Well what what is it? The Secretary Pompeo did talk about well. It's interesting his entire speech this morning was sort of a rebuke to the theme of. This very conference organizers have coined this conference West listeners to frame the idea that the world is becoming less Western Pompeo talked about how the world still looks to the West for guidance and a model and how quote unquote non Western countries especially those with autocratic governments are an increasing threat to western built international order. The threat of China was a big focus of speech in defense secretary. Asper talked at length about how China Telecom's company Hallway. It's Five G. infrastructure to steal data spy on US and undermine Western democracies and what's interesting here is the US delegation which included two dozen members of Congress were all unified in this position yesterday. House Speaker Nancy. Pelosi criticized as did Republican. Senator Lindsey Graham of course China has a delegation there too and I wonder if they responded. Yeah yesterday during a session. Member of China's National People's Congress stood up and challenged Speaker Pelosi asking her whether democracy in the US was so fragile that while we could possibly pose a threat to it. Pelosi sort of snapped back at the Chinese officials. She accused while we have stealing technology and then went on to say that. China's human rights violations or evidence alone that countries should avoid working with why it's got. I think the reason that Speaker Pelosi and others in the US delegation are hammering on this issue so much as their audience here Munich. Many European countries are in the process of deciding whether to allow you to build their five G. networks but these warnings from the. Us seem to be sort of ringing hollow in the because they're also worried about the US intelligence apparatus spying on their telecommunications works to and back to the Afghanistan agreement seven days of reduced. Violence doesn't sound like a huge step forward. When did supposed to begin? Well those details were not. They were not revealed today or yesterday. No one seems to be talking about. I think perhaps the officials this was hinted at by one of the officials are waiting for president trump to weigh in on this before the weekend is finished. Npr's Rob Schmitz in Munich. Thanks so much. Thank he's got and that's a first. For Saturday February Fifteenth Twenty Twenty. I'm Lucy Navarro. Uppers back Monday with news. You need to start your day and please follow us on social media. Were up first on twitter and of course you know. The news does not stop when this podcast ends. We have a solution for that weekend. Edition Saturday and Sunday. 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Disneys Mulan and the Backdrop of Genocide
"Disney's newest live action remake was filmed the backdrop of genocide. Center I'm John Stonestreet this is breakpoint. Disney's Lewis Live Action Movie Milan released Friday so far reviews of range from mostly positive to absolutely glowing an exciting, well crafted action movie robust and Family Friendly Live Action Disney fantasy, and epic scale tribute to female empowerment. However, this feedback on Milan has chilled considerably after reports that Disney film substantial portions of the movie in China's Zhejiang Province with the blessing and cooperation of the Chinese Communist government. Xiangjiang is the Home Province of some twelve million Muslim leaguers that live in China according to the US State Department over one million of them have been moved to concentration camps where and I quote they are starved abused toward electrocuted raped even killed we women have been forcibly sterilized made to use intrusive birth control methods. There's even been reports of forced abortion and infanticide yet not only did Disney choosing. Zhang Province Ground Zero for China's savage persecution of the Muslim weaker population to film Milan but in the closing credits, they thanked four communist party propaganda department and a public security bureau. The very organizations as the Washington Post reports that are facilitating these crimes against humanity. Now, calling the treatment of the weaker population in China crimes against humanity might sound harsh but it's absolutely fitting in fact, what's been happening? Jingjiang fits the United Nations official definition of genocide the intent to destroy in whole or in part a national ethnical racial or religious group. This can include delivering inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction and imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group. Now, to be clear, Disney has chosen to cozy up to the communist government for years now and nineteen ninety-seven. Film that cast the Dalai Lama in a positive light. So upset, Beijing that they restricted Disney's ability to work in China Disney's then CEO Michael Eisner quickly issued an apology and promise not to insult Disney's friends in the future appease Beijing opened the doors for Shanghai Disneyland which opened in two, thousand sixteen and now Mulan has handed Beijing A. Propaganda victory given their strong stands on behalf of progressive causes such as LGBT issues and abortion. It seems to me that Disney's more guilty of a bad worldview than spinelessness and two, thousand sixteen for example, Disney threaten to stop filming in the State of Georgia after the legislature passed a bill protecting religious liberty. This was in the wake of same sex marriage and Disney's currency. Oh said, he would find it quote very difficult to continue filming in Georgia after the state passed a fetal heartbeat bill. That protects the lies of the unborn. Now many don't realize just how lucrative film and television is in the state of Georgia much last tax and other financial incentives. Now in place there for studios, directors and others in the industry and two thousand, eighteen alone the state reported nine and a half billion dollars in revenue from the film and Television Industries. So why then would Disney be willing to put the economic screws to a US state over abortion and lgbt rights but not to a Communist. Dictatorship over human rights, violations and even genocide. Of course, Beijing clearly does not care about world opinion however too much world opinion clearly cares about China especially China's money having propped up its authority for so long on economic promises the only pressure that China is likely to take seriously will be financial pressure nations like Japan. And India even corporations like apple have taken a stand and move business out of China but Disney on the other hand gave China a great big PR win instead non not. Usually much for boycotting as a strategy, but I can tell you my family will not be watching Mulan in fact, the boycott of the film seems to be spreading especially in Asia I. Hope it spreads in our country to it'll be a way for us to put action to all of the words we utter here about human dignity human value in human rights. No amount of money will ever make acceptable the sort of treatment that Muslim leaguers are facing at the hands of the Chinese government. For breakpoint I'm John Stonestreet.
Week in Review for the Week of 6/3/19 - DTH
"And then. Traveling. Oh and these headlines for the week that was. Google stadium will launch in November fourteen countries as a founders addition, you'll pay a one time fee, one hundred twenty nine dollars ninety nine cents and get a stay controller in limited edition, midnight blue a chrome cast all TRE three months of the service at no extra cost and three month buddy pass, you'll also get first crack at your stadium name after the three month service will cost nine dollars ninety nine cents a month streams founders will be in four k sixty frames per second with HDR and five dot one, surround sound the service launches with at least thirty one titles. That must be purchased separately and prices are going to be set by publishers, however, stadia subscribers will get discounts on games and -cational free games starting with destiny to for free devices supported at launch are the chrome cast, Alterra the chrome browser and the pixel three and three a sometime in twenty twenty subscribers will be allowed to sign up for the stadia pro without purchasing the founders edition, a free tier called stadium bays will next year with ten eighty p and sixty per second gaming in stereo, Google recommends ten megabit per second down for. Seven twenty sixty frame per second gaming, and thirty five megabits per second down for the full experience, all of which will work on either wifi or either net, but notably not cellular. The US State Department is updated its applications forms for US visa applicants, recurring nearly all submit social media user names previous Email addresses and phone numbers. The information was previously required only applicants deemed to need extra scrutiny about sixty five thousand people per year. There are approximately fifteen million visa applicants to the US per year. The South China Morning post reports that FOX kinda stopped several wobbly smartphone production lines due to reduced orders for new phones. According to sources at a media briefing on may thirty first while he's honor brand president, Xiaoming stated, the company is reassessing its goal to become the top selling smartphone vendor by twenty twenty do the recent US trade ban. At its worldwide developers conference Monday apple announced, I O S thirteen with new dark mode, swipe typing support on the keyboard. It prevents apple maps, and faster face ID recognition. I O S thirteen location sharing can be restricted to just once with an app, the public beta releases next month with a full release in the autumn. Meanwhile, ipad will be its own operating system with tighter of icons and pinnacle widgets on the home screen split view is now possible within a single advocate of two notes apps. Side-by-side. External drives are now supported and the files up now has a column byu for column. View enthusiasts. Apple also announced signed in with apple a new offense -cation tool similar to sign into from Facebook or Google, but that uses face ID and apple says it's focused on privacy and won't track you, if an Africa's an Email, apple will offer the option to create a random Email address. And then forward the emails to the user's actual Email address sat in with apple will be mandatory for us apps that use party Loggins. And the hardware side apple unveiled the new MAC pro with sides that slide off for access to the modules inside has Intel's E ON processors up to twenty cores and up to one point five terabytes of system, memory, the new MAC, pro has eight internal PC. I express lots and can handle three streams of eight K, or twelve streams of four K, and has a one point four kilowatt power supply. Standard eight core. Zeon thirty two gigabytes memory radio on five eighty x two hundred fifty six gigabyte ST will sell for five thousand nine hundred ninety nine dollars. This fall, apple also announced the new pro display X DR with thirty two inch LCD six K, retina display. The x DR refers to extreme dynamic range and thunderbolt three can't support up to to display setup. So the MAC pro cathedral, have up to six displays at once money notwithstanding, the protas Blake Shelton adjust height and do portrait mode, but doesn't come cheap four thousand nine hundred ninety nine dollars or five thousand nine hundred ninety nine dollars for the Matt version a companion stand will sell for. Nine hundred ninety nine dollars. Apple watch is getting its own apps store and the ability to run independent apps as well that don't require a companion smartphone app. TV OS is getting support for multiple user accounts. Bloomberg reports that the US securities and Exchange Commission is suing messaging app. Kick over its one hundred million dollars. It raised through an initial coin offering for a token called Ken, the SEC says, kick should've registered the Kim token as a security can recently launched a crowd funding site, called defend crypto dot org. Defend against SEC crackdowns on ICO's the information reports that Facebook plans to create an independent foundation to govern its forthcoming cryptocurrency. According to sources Facebook plans to license the right to run nodes on the network. For ten million dollars piece, node operators would then be allowed to send a Representative to that independent foundation and Facebook hopes to launch the network with at least one hundred notes. Facebook plans use the license fees to back the crypto currency with a bundle of international currencies and low risk securities. Uber copter will begin service in New York City on July ninth taking passengers an eight minute, helicopter ride between lower Manhattan and Kennedy International Airport with private ground tears rotation to and from the right included service is available to platinum and diamond Uber awards members only and will run Monday through Friday during afternoon. Rush hour each helicopter could seat. Five passengers and booked, either undermanned or up to five days in advance Uber estimates average ride because between two hundred and two hundred twenty five dollars per person to pilots will be unde- flight and passengers will be required of you a ninety seconds safety video. Maine governor Janet Mills signed the act to protect privacy of online, consumer information into law under the law. I s p cannot refuse service charge fees or offer discounts to customers in order to pressure them to allow the ISP to sell their data. The law also requires explicit consent from customers to sell the personal data by those peace. The law takes effect as of July first and finally the FCC voted unanimously Thursday to let carriers block robocalls by default. The FCC also voted to move forward on a proposed rule, requiring curious to adopt the shaken slash stirred caller ID authentication system. If they don't bond tear adopted themselves by the end of the year. The role doesn't require carries a turn on robo-call blocking by default and also doesn't require these services to be free to consumers river. For more discussion of the tech news of the day, you can subscribe to technician at daily tech new show. Calm, you can find Jonas there and links all these headlines there as well. Thanks for listening. We'll talk to you. Time. And from all of us here at tech have to remember have a super day.
A Cold War secret weapon
"I want to take you to a street in South Carolina. Right on the waterfront. We're looking up at a mansion that used to be a thing of glory. Now it's a rough looking tenement almost falling down, and packed with people who have nowhere else to go. There dockworkers and fishermen and a beggar on the street. A group of men is gathering to throw dice. There are palm fronds. The women are in flouncy skirts, the men in Chino's. And this. This is all on a stage. Because outside, it's twelve degrees. It's winter in Moscow to make things even chillier. This is Cold War Moscow, nineteen fifty-six and an American cast has come to put on Porgy and Bess. I'm Jade Simmons. And this is decomposed. We bring you the stories that have shaped classical music, the heart breaks, the betrayals, and the acts of sheer genius that changed everything. Here we're doing something a little different. We're exploring, not just who composed the music, but who brought it to life, we're going to talk about Porgy and Bess, the opera written by music legend George Gershwin who had a huge impact on American music. But we're also going to talk about the many performers who have sung the music. He wrote the opera Porgy and bass is supposedly a story of real life in the South Carolina slums, but it's been controversial. Since the moment it debuted in nineteen thirty five the opera is set near where I grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. It's a city of contradictions where people are always talking about how beautiful the plantations are or how charming the market is. And sometimes we don't realize that the market is the slave market, or those plantations were once. Places where slaves lived and worked, and so even today, the city of Charleston carries as much controversy as the opera Porgy and best still does today. People have been leveling the same criticisms at the show for more than eighty years, they say the characters are walking racial stereotypes, and they say it's another example of a white composer, getting credit for a score that draws heavily from black music over the decades, directors and cast around the world have had to wrangle with its troubled legacy. But they've also celebrated the creativity of the music and all the opportunities it is held for black performers in this episode we're going to take you from the operas inspiration to the premier and then to a very specific tour that unfolded in the nineteen fifties. It happened. When Europe was still we building after the devastation of World War Two, when it was the height. Of the Cold War. And when the civil rights movement was growing in strength. In the face of all this, the US State Department sent Porgy and Bess on a worldwide run and one government official called it their secret weapon. If you haven't seen Porgy and Bess. This is the super short version. The opera tells the story of Porgy a disabled beggar who's in love with Bess. Bess is struggling with addiction, and she's in a relationship with a violent man Porgy tries to rescue her from both. The opera is ultimately a tragedy by the end Porgy kills best as abusive boyfriend it's an act of defense. But by the time Porgy is released from jail. He finds that best is gone. She's headed north to New York with her drug dealer. The opera is based on the novel Porgy by Dubose Heyward Hayward, also grew up in Charleston. Not far from the docks. He writes about he was inspired. He said by story, he saw in the newspaper about a black beggar and attempted shooting with his wife Dorothy Heyward, adapted his novel into a Broadway. Play a few years later, George Gershwin, and his brother, IRA, joined in, and they worked to turn the whole thing into a full blown opera. Of course Dubose and Dorothy, Heyward, George and IRA Gershwin. They were all white. This was the reality. Of mainstream culture for really the majority of US history, the composers, and writers, and the lira Cest, and the theater producers, they were almost entirely white. There were incredibly talented black composers, Scott Joplin, Florence price, Samuel Coleridge, Taylor, and many others. But they didn't really get opportunities like this to get an opera stage, especially in opera about black light. Gershwin. When he decided to take on the project people got excited, he was already a star when he began composing the music for Porgy best he was famous for popular musicals like girl. Crazy and funny face and for symphonic jazz works like rhapsody in blue. Supposedly. He read Hayward novel, Porgy, all in one sitting staying up late to finish it, it was just what he was looking for a story, he could use as a foundation for something he'd been wanting to do to compose a full length opera. He wanted to leave a legend, bigger than pop music as he sought opera was considered distinguished in a way musicals and radio hits Wirt opera was for the ages. To write the music for Porgy, and bass Gershwin traveled down to South Carolina to visit the Hayward's and see what had inspired the story, they visited black churches nightclubs Gershwin spent five weeks on an island off. Charleston coast listening to spirituals and other folk music from the black community who lives there. Kamal. After soaking all this in George Gershwin went home to compose. He was trying to write an American opera Europe was filled with opera America. Not so much barely at all. You look at the guardians list of the top fifty operas of all time, and you see Italy. Italy, Italy, Italy. Some France, Germany Austria, Italy, Italy. Italy. You can see what Gershwin was up against total European dominance, but he crafted his opera drawing on black spirituals and folk music, and it worked. There is exactly one American opera on that fifty list that entry. It's Porgy and Bess. It's an opera with an actual black cast. This detail is key. It could have gone, another way, when Gershwin was getting ready to stage Porgy and best. He got a very generous offer from the place today. Byu an opera the Metropolitan Opera in New York, but he said, no supposedly, because he didn't think they would let him cast black singers there with no black singers. It would have been a cast in black face and Gershwin. Didn't wanna go along with that he went to Broadway. Instead. There weren't many opportunities like this for black performers at the time starring roles in Broadway shows, or for singing opera, the production could pick from the elite of the elite, the leads Porgy and best were played by Todd Duncan who was the head of Howard university's music department and, and Brown the first black singer ever admitted to Juilliard the rest of the cast had similar impressive resumes. The quote unquote real characters. They were cast portray, however, were very different from them the characters in Porgy, and Bess are illiterate, and poor. They are gamblers and drug dealers. And while white critics mostly praised this as an accurate, portrayal of black life, some black critics and musicians immediately called it out for damaging stereotypes jazz legend Duke Ellington slammed it as. Did others and Brown who played Bess remembered her own father, hating, the opera. She said he told her the show, quote perpetuated, the image of blacks as lazy, people singing hymns and taking dope. This is what the original cash struggled with. They were playing characters complicated by stereotypes, but they were doing it on Broadway. They were on the biggest platform available performing technically difficult. Rich music at the highest level of their professions Brown clearly struggled with this. She came from a prominent family in Baltimore. And now she was playing a sexualize drug addicted, women onstage in a show people were hailing as authentic. But through the material she saw chance at opportunity. She said if it brought. Us forward in American music, and opera roles for black singers. Then we should do it. George Gershwin died in nineteen thirty seven just two years after Porgy and best premiered. And we're going to leave him there for the rest of the story, which is really just getting started. After Gershwin's death. The opera kept going. The music caught summertime became even a bigger hit than the show itself. But even when the music's gorgeous, and even when the audience loves it, every cast member who's taken on these roles. They've continued to the bait how their work fits into American culture, and what messages their role sent Eva Jessye who led the choir for both of the shows early Broadway runs said later, that the cast would drown out the N word in the libretto when they performed it took time, but the word was finally written out of the opera by Georgia's brother IRA considering the baggage and criticism surrounding organ, bests, it's pretty surprising. What happened next? The nineteen fifties were critical moment in international relations World War, Two had revamped. The world order communism was as. Strong as ever in the Soviet Union. The US was pushing its own brand of democracy countries were having to choose sides. Are you with the east or the west propaganda was flying from everywhere? And one thing, the Soviet Union was quick to critique was race relations in the US, their messages, said, just look at how unequal things are there. They weren't wrong. But it wasn't the narrative the US government wanted to spread so here we get to one of the most interesting tactics. The government uses to influence international opinion art in this case opera. After the break the State Department pulls out its secret weapon. And I'll tell you about the one person who wasn't allowed to be a part of it. If you're looking for more fascinating stories and phenomenal music. Go to your classical dot org, you can stream classical music, twenty four seven and find out more about the people bought hind the notes. It's all at your classical dot org. I'm Jay Simmons and this is decomposed. In the nineteen forties and fifties. The US government was facing a lot of international criticism around race relations. So the US responded with a coordinated effort to spread its own cherry picked version of reality. The government sent carefully selected black speakers abroad to counteract stories about the inequality African Americans faced in the US. But the criticism continued to grow Soviet periodical rand stories about lynchings in business conditions for African American laborers. The US government needed to do more in response. Enter Robert greens. Breen was a mover and shaker in the theater world. He knew how to get things done. And he knew how to make people pay attention in nineteen fifty two. He partnered with Blevins Davis producer to launch production of Porgy and best. That is absolutely stacked with talent. Look at this cast, and it's hard to believe they shared a single stage. There's leontyne price arguably, one of the most famous classical American sopranos, there's Cab Calloway, a jazz singer of Cotton Club beim. There's even Maya Angelo, a very young Maya Angelo, who sang and danced before her literary career made her national phenomenon. Breen had planned his production, just right. The Truman administration was looking the sponsor shows to tour Europe as an act of the PLO, Assey and to spread US culture. The government agreed to send the Breen Davis production of Porgy and best on the road. It's important to note here that this was not a universally celebrated the season, some government officials and politicians asked why send out an opera that showed. Terrible. Living conditions for African Americans isn't that the exact wrong message to send black critics had bigger concerned. What if Europeans accepted the offer as documentary what if they believed that catfish row and all of its residents was a real life snapshot? North has been people. Got Mike got on. Oh day long. One of the songs I got plenty of Nuton has Porgy saying he's satisfied, even if he's poor because he's got my gal got my Lord got my song. That didn't line up with African Americans calling for actual ebonic quality. We can't say exactly why the opera was picked, but there was a plan for how it would be presented in hopefully for how would be interpreted, if you put on Porgy invests, but you emphasize to audiences that took place in the past, you can say, yes. Things used to be bad. There was racism, we admit it, but look at our dazzling and talented cast, see how far we've all come. How could they achieve all this? If things were still bad. Of course that was the government's plan but it was the cast who had to carry it out. They began by Toren Porgy and best around the US then they cross the ocean on a mission from the US government, which you couldn't forget because they arrived by air force plane. They played in Austria, Germany, England, and France in their first stretch singing, and wowing. Bream claimed he counted with a stop watch twenty nine minutes of plots over twenty one curtain Coles at the Berlin performance alone. The cast was a huge attraction in country after country and this show didn't stop when the music did the actors were constantly on display, it was an all out PR blitz. They got stopped on the street and in restaurants with photographers snapping away and people wanting autographs, according to Lillian Hayman, who was in the cast people even wanted to touch her face. She said to quote see if the black came off the press also had an obsession with the cast clothes in their fashion when they were out the actors were in evening gowns with firs or sharply tailored, suits and hats. The photographs are. Totally glamorous this fed into the US, government's propaganda push to drown out stories about segregation and prejudice to spread the message African Americans had access to education and culture and wealth, a presidential advisor named CD Jackson, one of the cast out on the streets and foreign cities. He said, quote, their clothes will be visible and touchable and their freedom from fear will be visible. All of this positioning of the cast for propaganda. It worked a columnist wrote in the New York Times that the cast had shown up here as great artists, putting the lied to a good deal of the communist exaggerations about the limitation of negroes opportunities in the United States. In so many ways the cast was in this impossible spot, they were being presented by the US government as proof that the US was full of opportunity for African Americans, which was misleading at best, but they were also getting the opportunity of a lifetime to sing antipathy form around the world. To change people's minds about where black performers could go. They even put on Porgy and Bess at the famous opera house less Scala in Milan, Italy. A young my Angelo told and Isreaeli reporter we have a great responsibility to keep the players success. If it is a hit, and it is our managers are going to put on another negro show and more negro actors will be employed and given a chance to show the world that we can do we are responsible for every negro actor in the world. In all the Breen Davis production of Porgy and bass was kind of unstoppable. It's stretched on over four years. They hit five continents. The US State Department largely kept underwriting their travels the cast changed as the months in years past, but the production kept touring, they hit the US Canada, Spain, Italy, Switzerland Belgium, Yugoslavia and Yugoslavia. So many people wanted to see the show that some of them even split a ticket, one person would watch the first half then swap out at intermission. So the next person could watch the second half it didn't stop there. The cast hit resil- Uruguay Colombia Venezuela, Mexico than back to Europe. Government officials clearly felt they were getting their money's worth air force Brigadier General, Dale, snr. Myth wrote a letter to Breen saying it is through operations such as Porgy, and best that World War. Three can be one without a fight. This means that you are saving lives and keeping our country free with every performance. But for all the government talk about how effective Porgy and best was and building. Goodwill spreading American culture in counteracting negative messages about the US. There was one place that the US State Department said was too far. There was one place. They would not pay to send them the Soviet Union. As I said, before, Robert Breen the tours producer knew how to get things done even if the US government didn't like what he was up to he'd wanted to bring Porgy and bass to the Soviet Union for years, but the US State Department said, no twice. So Breen found someone who would say, yes, someone who would cough up the money the Soviets themselves. This was out of hand, the US had wanted to fight Soviet propaganda spreading another countries, but they didn't want to send the Porgy invest cast to the Soviet Union directly. What if the Soviets used the opera's portrayal of poverty, and prejudice against the US Kenan opera be a double agent? This is ridiculous. But while the US may not have paid for this trip. They did not forbid it in nineteen fifty five plans were made to get the cast of Porgy and best from east. Berlin to Leningrad to cross the iron curtain. American officials gave the cast briefing on the realities of Russia. They were told to be careful about what they said. And if there were political questions, they were told, quote, don't answer them. We are on a cultural mission with that as a send off the cast boarded a train, this trip was a huge deal. No. You. S theater group had ever visited the Soviet Union before American press. Tagged along from everywhere. The New York Times the Associated Press CBS time life, even Truman Capote was there to cover it for the New Yorker. There's footage from the store moment when they arrived, the cast stepping off the rail cars crowds cheering the actors glamorous. And for coats in the cold Russian weather, one actress, even carrying a small dog. They were greeted by huge crowds people throwing flowers and clapping, but during their trip person after person kept asking one question. Where's paul? Robeson. Was an American star. Did everything he was a pro football player a singer and actor and he had his law degree from Columbia, but it's his singing that people knew him most for he had a huge following a US and abroad. He even played Buckingham Palace. If you know, his work, it's likely from his performance of old men river. That. And. But. But he was also outspoken about racial inequality in the United States and his support of communism. He railed against the horrors of lynching and spoke about the power of unions and the need for civil rights in nineteen fifty the United States revoked his passport, all those musicians and speakers that the US across Europe on goodwill, tours, who they didn't send is just as important as who they did Rogerson was kept at home when Porgy and Bess arrived in the Soviet Union. Russians wanted to know where he was the issues. He spoke out about civil rights and inequality were more relevant than ever at this point. And more public, the Montgomery bus boycott was in full swing. Emmett tills funeral had been held just a few months before the. World was watching how the civil rights fight in the US was unfolding. And the Soviet audience was especially curious where is palm. Rogerson. But just because Robeson wasn't physically. There doesn't mean people didn't hear from him. The Breen Davis production was very careful about how they presented Porgy and best to Russian audiences in the program. They stressed that the opera took place in the past, again, as, if they could claim it's not like this anymore. Roberston didn't let that fly in open letter from Paul Robeson appeared in the Soviet state, paper, Pravda sincere. Greetings to the Soviet people. It said. Robeson emphasized, the events in Porgy, and best are not just a thing of the past. He wanted people to know that they were still very much a reality for African Americans struggling against white supremacy. The letter said, I know that they the cast members are proud of the heroic struggle of their people who fight for quality and human dignity in Mississippi and in South Carolina where the events performed in their play on fold. Now it's impossible to know if the cast themselves read this letter someone would have had to translate it for them as it appeared in Russian. But I wonder if they were thinking about just what Rogerson was saying when they were performing there on the stage in Moscow in front of the fishing nets and the poem FRANZ. I wonder if they were thinking about everything that Porgy and best represents of the many angles, you can view it from of the stereotypes of Carey's, but also the opportunities that brought them to that very stage. I wonder if they were thinking about everything happening back at home, people fighting for the right to a bus seat to an equal education. Thinking about how they were there in Moscow to fight for every black performers right to be on stage. The Breen Davis tour played a dozen or so more shows after Moscow, the last performance was an Amsterdam on June. Third nineteen fifty-six in all over four years. Production stopped in seventy cities in twenty nine countries. They performed Porgy invest for audiences that spoke eighteen different languages. The cast which changed over the years dealt with racism with people who miss red Porgy and best documentary with people who still shun them in the face of all of that they still wild. Then when they finally returned home Robert Breen got busy trying to arrange one more thing. He wanted the cast of visit the White House, he pulled all his usual strings, and wrote letters, appealing to the Eisenhower administration. He wanted the actress to be recognized for all the work they done for their service to the country. But the White House refused. There are many things to think about when we listen to Porgy and Bess to admire Gershwin's work to appreciate the beauty of the performances. And also to think about all the stories of all the cast members who've played these parts and Sundays words. Maya Angelo gave an interview in twenty ten almost sixty years after she performed in Porgy and Bess. She was asked why she went on the tour how she felt about the work. She said, I knew that there was art from the poets and from the Gershwin's. I knew there was great art. I also knew that they had been inspired by great art. The great art of the African American. More full? What's the other piece? I think about when I listen about the musicians who inspired the work in the first place, the ones Gershwin may have heard in those weeks. He spent in South Carolina listening and researching the ones in the churches or the nightclubs. The ones who get no credit even to this day. But whose work is praised performed and celebrated all over the world. This is our last episode of decompose for. Now, if you enjoyed the show, please rate and review us on your podcast app and tell us what composer, you'd love to hear about in the future. You can find decomposed on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at decomposed show. That's at decomposed show. Tell us your favorite composer, and who we should cover next. For a complete listing of the music you heard in this episode go to decomposed show dot org. That's decomposed show dot org. For more about the music you heard this episode you'll see our reading list there for this episode. We definitely recommend the strange career of Porgy and Bess by Ellen Newnan along with work by Michael Cy you and John Harper Taylor. Find the fullest at decomposed show dot org. Decomposed is hosted by me. Jade Simmons, it's produced by Tracy Mumford and Ryan more, Chris Juillan is our editor, this episode was written by Tracy Mumford with me drawing on research, by Leinna Leeson, a doctoral student at the university of Michigan sound design by Aaron Cohen, engineering by Corey Schrapel. Thanks to Ryan cats. Our fact checker, the interim director of podcast for eight APM is Loren, d. Decomposed is made possible by inspired by you NPR's capital campaign, and the generosity of Ruth and John Hus. Before you go. 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How to Assess Your Risk, Gov't Watchdog Fired & New Ridesharing Rules- Monday, May 18th, 2020
"Today is Monday. May Eighteenth will down what experts are saying about staying home versus going outside and some simple ways to limit your risk. When you leave the house we also have a covert nineteen update from around the world. And we'll tell you about the new controversy back in the US that has nothing to do with the virus. Plus we're talking tropical storm Arthur. An at home testing kit and the new ridesharing rules taking effect today. Welcome welcome to the newsworthy. All the day's news in less than ten minutes fast. They're fun and on the go. I'm Eric Mandy. Thanks so much for being here. You're ready. Let's do this with the warmer weather. Many places are reporting busier streets beaches and parks and this might be just a preview of what's to come with Memorial Day weekend around the corner. So here's the big question. Is it really okay to go outside even with other people around well? It's not the easiest question to answer the. La Times spoke with several health officials from around the US to analyze the risks. They made a simple comparison. Just like how. Abstinence is the best way to prevent a pregnancy. Staying home is the best way to prevent spreading cove in nineteen but some people argue it does not always have to be an all or nothing approach so some experts. Say if you want to venture out there are a few general recommendations outdoors tends to be safer than indoors. Small groups are better than large groups and a shorter period of time. Around people is better than a longer one and of course experts recommend wearing a mask or face covering and staying six feet away from other people as much as possible also. It does depend on where you live. Cove in nineteen is much more prevalent in some communities than others. But the good news is axios found. Moose dates are making progress against the Rana virus. It looked at two key. Criteria in the federal government's reopening guidelines one which states are testing more people and to which ones are reporting fewer infections. Axios says thirty two states are moving in the right direction on both fronts. Most improved states include Iowa Missouri Massachusetts and New York on the opposite end. Arkansas seems to be getting significantly. Worse both on testing and the number of cases Alabama Mississippi and South Carolina are also doing poorly. It is to note. No state has defeated this new corona virus and just because the state is doing well now does not make it immune to a second wave of cases bottomline experts hope people will stay smart and follow social distancing guidelines as much as possible even as the country continues to gradually reopen. Europe is starting to see some progress. After months of Corona virus related lockdowns first off today. Italy is allowing most businesses to reopen including bars and hair salons Spain is also set to relax restrictions outside Madrid and Barcelona. Bars and restaurants can reopen today with outdoor seating only and groups of ten people or less can finally get together and Belgium. Public schools are reopening today over in Asia Thailand malls to reopen over the weekend for the first time in two months and was interesting. How they did it. Thermal scanners are set up to check for fevers. Each person must pass through a disinfectant missed at every entrance and shoppers have to use their smartphones to register electronically when entering and leaving a mall. Now if someone does end up getting Cohen one thousand nine later. It'll be easier to notify everyone who was in the mall at the same time as that sick person even though contact tracing apps have generally been met with some privacy concerns and controversy. The Thai government claims it will only use information for public health purposes so while we see some improvement in some places other parts of the world are still shutdown and struggling. India extended. Its nationwide lockdown until the end of this month though it has been relaxed some and Russia now ranked second in the world after the US for the highest number of confirmed cove nineteen cases becoming one of the new hot spots. The US State Department Inspector General. The person who looks out for any misconduct at the department just lost his job. Friday night and now top Democrats and some Republicans WANNA figure out why Reuters reports the White House fired Inspector General Steve Clinic at the request of Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo and that raises some questions since the inspector general had reportedly been looking into whether Secretary Pompeo misused the staff congressional officials told. Nbc News Secretary Pompeo had been accused of making staffers run personal errands for him like walking his dog picking up his dry cleaning so the house foreign affairs committee launched its own investigation over the weekend to make sure pompeo did not recommend the firing in retaliation or to try and shield himself from the Inspector General's findings by the way this is the third government watchdog. Who's been fired in the last couple of months? The Atlantic hurricane season is still two weeks away. But there's already a tropical storm churning off the coast tropical storm. Arthur formed Saturday and the weather. Channel says it's approaching the North Carolina coast. Arthur could cause gusty winds several inches of rain. And some dangerous rip currents all in the next twenty four hours. The official start of the Twenty Thousand Twenty Atlantic hurricane season is June first and although Arthur is early a named storm in May is not totally out of the ordinary in fact USA Today reports. This is the sixth consecutive year. That's happened we have more news ahead but first. Thanks to our sponsor this week net gear. We've talked about it before here. On the show some home Wifi can struggled to keep up with all the streaming gaming video conferencing in home schooling happening right now especially when. It's all at once sound familiar if so it sounds like it's time for a WIFI upgrade. Bring your wife up to speed with orbit. Wifi six from net gear. Wifi six is a whole new kind of Wifi. It's the latest tech that gives you the fastest speeds possible even as you connect more and more devices throughout your home. That means you'll be able to stream without buffering eliminate lag gaming and connect more devices to your why than ever before. 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Still early well says it should take only three to five days. From the moment someone clicks order to the moment they get their test results back. The new tax should be available by the end of this month for one hundred thirty five dollars. General Motors Ford and Fiat. Chrysler are all expected to reopen some of their US factories today and that means thousands of people are headed back to work. But they'll need to take some extra precautions. Employees are being asked to take their temperatures before coming in and the required to wear masks gloves and protection on the job if anyone does end up with cove in nineteen symptoms all three automakers plan to test them to hopefully catch an isolated cases early. It won't be an easy process though. The Wall Street Journal reports many of the companies will have fewer shifts to start and some workers might not be able to show up as they figure out what to do about childcare. Gem expects it to take about four weeks to get back to full production if everything goes as planned by the way Honda Toyota. And Tesla did start reopening some of their plants last week starting today Uber is requiring drivers and riders to wear face coverings drivers now have to take a selfie in the APP which can detect whether they're actually wearing a mask or not writers on the other hand. Have it a little easier? They just have to confirm. They're wearing one by pressing a button. Before hailing a car but both drivers and passengers are encouraged to report. Anyone who either doesn't wear a mask or takes their mask off. During the trip there are a few other new rules as well. Passengers are also asked to sit in the backseat and keep the windows open when possible. The company also provided fifty million dollars for drivers to buy supplies like face. Coverings hand sanitizer disinfectant book is expected to acquire yet another popular online platform. This time it's Gaffey for a lot of the animated gifts or Jeff's however you'd like to pronounce it in fact is already the company that provides the built in sticker functions on facebook instagram. But now expect to see more of gifty along with some upgrades across all facebook's APPs the deal is reportedly worth four hundred million dollars techcrunch reports jiffy will keep its own branding. Although facebook does plan to invest in tech for the platform it's an incredible find scientists. Say they've discovered fossilized. Human footprints could be up to one thousand nine thousand years old. Cnn reports the four hundred eight prints from about seventeen. Different people were found in northern Tanzania in Africa. They were apparently preserved for so long because they were made in volcanic and it hardened almost like concrete then over the years they were buried in other layers of dirt and rock which helped shield them from the elements. Scientists say. The discovery is a pretty big deal because it gives us clues into what ancient life was like. They're hoping the prince can help them figure out where people migrated how fast they moved and how many people they traveled with. And that's it for your main ten minutes of news today but now it's time for our money Monday where we talk about one interesting money related news story today. We'RE TALKING ABOUT CREDIT CARD DEBT. And how you can manage yours. During the Corona Virus Pandemic The Wall Street Journal reports of Americans have been skipping credit card payments. Because they're out of work but the good news is some major credit card. Issuers are willing to be flexible for example capital one and discover are letting some people put payments on hold. But even if you have a capital one discover card. You have to get the Okay I. They're not just waving all late. Fees automatically if you are one of the people who can pay down your debt. That's great but experts say to remember it's also important to have money in a savings account right now as well all right. Thank you so much listening today. And every day the newsworthy is ready for you. Every weekday at four in the morning as always you read more about any of the new stories mentioned at the newsworthy dot com slash show notes or check the episode notes in your podcast APP. We'll be back with more news tomorrow until then have a great day.
The Art Dealer
"This is spy show from foreign policies. Were spies tell their story. I said to him you know if one of these groups that you sell to were to detonate one of these devices that would create such fear globally and environments of fear create more autocratic governments. Not Not fewer. And you know he at some stage said if only there was something to do about it and there was this very pregnant pause where I think he and I both knew there was and that this was going to be the moment that we would talk about it From foreign policy. Welcome to ice by real life. Spy Stories told by the people were there each week feature one former intelligence operative from somewhere around the world describing one operation. I'm Margo Martindale on today's show Amaryllis Fox an undercover agent whose job the CIA was to cultivate arm steelers and prevent them from selling fissile material to terrorists groups. Fox began her career after the attacks of September eleventh. When the agency's biggest fear was the possibility ability that al Qaeda or other groups would obtain weapons of mass destruction? She was in her mid twenties when she struck up. A relationship with Hungarian arms dealer named Yakub his ties to terrorist groups in Indonesia and elsewhere raised alarm bells at Langley. Fox's changed some of the details over story to avoid exposing the agency is operatives essence she begins were undercover missions. Often begin with the crafting of a cover cover story in order to get after the targets that I was working on the typical cover story of working for the US State Department rather than working for the intelligence community doesn't really get you much with terror. Groups I mean from their perspective if if you work for the US government you know. That's no boy. No the distinction between working for the state of Burma working for the intelligence community is a nuance that doesn't particularly matter. When you're trying to build a relationship Asian ship with a couriers somebody else? WHO has access to a terror group And so in order to get close to those kinds of targets it's You have to look for something that makes more sense puts you next to the people you want to be next to. But also explains why you're there as in my case a a twenty something year old white girl And many of the parts of the Middle East that I was travelling in that wasn't a typical Profile Oh file and certainly the the kind of people that I would be rubbing shoulders within the proliferation game warrant accustomed to seeing a twenty something year old white girl running around in their neighborhoods and so the guidance was you know really lean into that. Try to figure Out something that explains why you're there rather than having to kind of encourage people to look away from the fact that you you have this very different profile. Turn into the skit. As it were. And my family has loved art for a Long on-time and collected my sister studied art and had done a little stint working at Sotheby's and there was something that we all had a lot of background and and and so to be able to mean into my family's interest in art and paint myself as you know something of a of a young young maybe even a little bit frivolous Twenty something year old girl who was making ends meet by by working in the art world. Explained why I would be in these far-flung parts of the Middle East where there was suddenly an emerging art scene And so I set about creating a fictional art consultancy and these. Fictions become real very quickly because you spend as much or more time Doing your cover work than you do. Actually conducting operations in order to seem Non alerting to anyone who's watching you. I moved to Shanghai as my first full deployment undercover undercover As a clandestine service officer my work was to be throughout the Middle East and China was just a home base and the agency had briefed us before we landed on the ground to assume that the hotel room. We'd be staying in while we were looking for a house and then eventually whatever house we moved into into would be wired for surveillance audio visual the whole nine yards and I was newly married at this point to a fellow officer Newly newly pregnant with my husband the agency's pretty old fashioned. When it comes to code deployments so if you WANNA be out on the tip of the spear with anybody else super better be married to them and I remember really clearly lying in bed suffering from jetlag just like anybody else But also also from this kind of gnawing feeling that the walls and the mirrors and the blinking light on the fire smoke smoke detector and the ceiling are all watching me are all lenses through which Beijing is keeping an eye on us. The clock went to three a m My husband was asleep beside me. And even if he'd been awake we wouldn't have been able to to talk about this anxiety diety that we both certainly were feeling That had to just lay off our trip as ordinary art dealers. So I lay there in this bed watching during the blinking light on the smoke detector in the ceiling and trying to count it like you would count sheep trying to ease my my nerves and fall asleep and in the end I couldn't couldn't and I got out of bed and going into the bathroom. And I remember distinctly hearing guidance that Langley had given us in my head and they had said just pretend to be yourself and they hadn't said it with any irony was standing in this bathroom realizing that when I ask myself what would I do if I were really me. I didn't know the answer. It had been a while since I had really been me. And the layers upon layers of fiction that come into play when your friends. Your family don't know what you do for a living when your colleagues are on the other side of compartments that are designed to keep everybody's identity secure and information secure. It's very lonely way to spend your twenties and it's very easy in those many layers of fiction to lose his track of who you really are underneath. You know as a young married couple going about building an ordinary looking life. We were constantly aware that anything we did was being observed and that our job was to make it look as though we didn't know we were being being observed so it was a little bit of Truman show Meta kind of experience. And you know anybody will tell you when you ask for advice about how to make a a young family work. The advice always communicate and that's a bit tricky when when you're in an environment where everything is being surveilled when we think of nuclear proliferation the scenario that first pops into most people's mind is you know an attack attack from a rogue state from North Korea Iran and those programs were largely supplied. I think it's fair to say. During the ninety s and early two thousands by a network that is known as AAC Yukon Network of Joel Qadeer Khan and he was Pakistani scientists who philosophically believe that any state should be able to have the bomb if any state state had the bomb in other words. No one status more or less entitled than another and when the Yukon network began to be dismantled old. The result was good in preventing proliferation for rogue states but one of the dangers. That arose was that all of a sudden the dealers ars that hadn't been arrested. They needed other customers and the other customers that were readily interested in stepping up to the plate were or non-state actors so primarily terror groups. Yaacob was part of a large network of dealers that it were all looking to hawk nuclear materials and our job was really to assess which of them had access to actual technology the vast majority of people who look to make money in this game either or fraudsters who don't have access to technology at all or are trying to sell something that is long decrepit. That doesn't work or our requires access to some other technology that they don't have An so sorting out who actually had access to the kind of technology they could pose a threat. If it changed hands was the first step and Yaacob appeared to be one of those from the information that we had from others in the network And so we set about trying to set up a meeting and ultimately did so by having a source who we worked with another Tura group vouch for us so that there was a sense that this was an actual approach from people who might be serious perspective buyers and that was how he agreed to our first meeting. The funny thing about Yaakob is that before I ever saw him I I heard him. I heard him singing and he was walking down on a street and we all in France I could see him a few yards out ahead but only from behind and shadow and and so I could hear his voice before he could actually make out the features of his face and he was singing this kind of Hungarian folk song and it was that kind of folk song that makes you feel nostalgic. Even if you're not Hungarian and you have no idea what the words are and it was very beautiful and very wise is and it sounded almost ancient and I was really surprised because in the brief email correspondence that we'd had He hadn't come across as any of those things and then when I walked up and asked him for a light in in order to approach him before he knew that it was me that he was talking to remember the the lighter lighting up his face and it was so startlingly Langley incongruous with his voice. Is this kind of rectangular brute of a man Physically and his his voice had seemed so soulful and and beautiful and nostalgic So there was always in all of our interactions. I was struck by that dichotomy the building of rapport and then trust with a potential source is really the heart and soul of clandestine service. Work and it can be incredibly challenging bring and ultimately incredibly beautiful. Because really what you're doing is at the outset you know finding some common ground. Some common interest Some reason to meet again and over that time it becomes pretty apparent whether part of this person that you're getting to know is oriented toward the good fight you know however hidden it might be because of the circumstances that he or she finds themselves in I there is often ventured to say almost always Some locked away compartment of this person that wants to do the right thing. Think that wants to leave a legacy on this planet of life rather than death of building a better future for for their community for their family often for their children and so the relationship building period is really a search for that and then once it's found the cultivating of that part of them Enabling them to feel strong and safe enough to unlock it a little And over the course of that time it's important that you end the source sort of begin to slightly show a little ankle you know you're beginning to to explain that you know you have friends in Washington special channels to the government and that you know in the right circumstance if the right thing were on the line if lives were at stake you'd be able to call on those friends or use. There's those channels in order to help and that peeling the onion peeling away layer upon layer continues as the relationship builds. So that by the time you actually have a conversation around calling it what it is saying and I have this ability to to link between you and the US government in order to prevent the most horrific attacks the earth would have ever seen What do you say you know? That's not a question that you want to come out of the blue so I did it teacher and training. who used to say? It's like a marriage proposal. When you pop the question to your hopefully future spouse you kind of want them to already know what's coming And you you kind of already want to know that their answer is going to be yes. Or ideally what took you so long and recruitment pitches very much the same way you know you. You have really built a lot of trust in one another by the time. That conversation happens and you really want them in that moment to realize that all of this time that you've been building a relationship that you've also been looking out for them and having their back and keeping them safe you're listening to ice by a production foreign policy we'll be right back welcome back to I spy. Martingale Amaryllis Fox Wchs has slowly cultivated jack up the arms dealer telling him she represents people interested in buying weapons technology at each meeting she. She gets a little closer to her goal. Turning the arms dealer into a C- a asset Fox picks it up from here. I was several months pregnant when I finally made the approach to Yaakob and we'd had several meetings before this many meetings and He did not know I was pregnant but it gave me a reason to fly to Thailand on on a baby moon and to me with him there and it was really important that this go well because he had indicated that he had interest from the Southeast Asian Asian brothers which is a euphemism for groups like Jemaah Islamiyah which was the al Qaeda affiliate in Indonesia at the time and other regional affiliates. It's to the tear not work in these. These were not guys that you wanted having access to anything on his shopping list you know. NJIT IS SAMIR had been responsible for the Bali nightclub bombing and many other attacks throughout Southeast Asia and had links to fudged alleged Mohammed. who was the mastermind of nine eleven? And so these were really high level players in a very dark game and It was really imperative that they not have access to this level of weaponry and so even though I felt that a few more meetings things could have been useful. It was important to to go ahead and have that conversation in Thailand at that time and I felt pretty sure that y'all cup was ready. The hotel where we met with on the beach a small island in Thailand And it's it's always been important to me to ensure that the hotel rooms that I mean assets in or the kind with a separate bedroom Jerem and sitting room with the door that you can shut in between because especially as a female officer it just helps to keep everything professional and make make sure that you're not sending the wrong signal And so I got there early After doing a brief surveillance detection route to to ensure that it was the right kind of setup and went about plugging in my little water fountain which is kind of a funny thing to take two meetings but it provides really great sound masking because water flows differently every time. And so you're able to mask any conversation without the ability to later go back and and patch it out the way they could with television show for example and it's also a very nice peaceful setting to have a meeting and As I was waiting for him in the hotel room I was incredibly incredibly nervous because of the stakes but oddly calm and hopeful because of who I new Yaacob to be deep down I had a very strong sense that yaacob wanted to be the better version of himself. He wore ring with a lamb on it And to mark his grandfather's death was his grandfather's ring and when he first told me about it he said he wore it to remind him. NOT TO BE MEEK DOC. Because his grandfather was a lamb got slaughtered by the earlier communist regime. But in the end I think deep down He. He wore it To honor his grandfather's bravery at sticking to his position in favor of freedom even when he was being interrogated by by an autocratic government and ultimately that was the path. I felt that Yakub wanted to choose for the most part and these people despite making incredibly evil choices have some ethical framework that they believe leave to be right However warped maybe and when when you do a good thorough slow job of building a relationship with a potential asset in one of these groups or one of these networks you get a sense of where those lines czar and therefore which attacks would be on the wrong side of them and it may be that nine out of ten attacks they would not it helps to prevent but one particular kind of attack is egregious even to them and often that's an attack that claims more whereas Slavic lives and western lives? Sometimes it's an attack that Claims civilians or children women And a a lot of it depends on their unique history Their religious views traumas. They suffered during childhood with the beliefs of their are parents. So many different things that go into building an individual human being just as is the case with any US and so the reason then that the development process takes so long. The relationship building takes so long. Is that every case is different. And it's really important to known advance which which attacks a given asset will put everything on the line to help prevent DOC Yaacob came to our hotel room meeting singing as he always did I remember thinking. It's a shame he's he's going to have to stop doing that. Because it's not really the best way to approach a clandestine meeting. But there was something very beautiful about his voice when Yaacob arrived I I set about going through the questions. BET operatives asked at the beginning of every meeting and when we are are meeting with an established us that we can do quite efficiently but with somebody who has an Yup recruited at needs to sort of sound more conversational So the acronym is stink. I think so security is the first question do you know of any imminent threat that we should be aware of. And of course that's first because if the answer is yes you don't want to waste time anything else before you get to it and then and for next meetings. This is if we're interrupted you you know. Here's here's where I'd like to next or here's how we can continue this in twenty four hours and of course he wanted to get out of the way up front in case you are interrupted and which is time so understanding how much time you're I said has available so that if the answer is five minutes as you know to get directly to the point And then see for cover which is making sure that both of you understand what your cover story is for being ignorant. Maybe you're discussing a piece of art that this person wants to buy so You get all of those out of the way up front and in the case of Yaakob. He wasn't recruited yet so I had a little bit more conversational instead of just checking them off in the same it would with with a more established he came in and Kinda threw himself down with exhaustion and kind of disgruntled gruntal despair the political leadership within Hungary and around the world as was his habit. And we talked about that what About how the economy was crushing friends and family of his and how he really thought that it was no better than the earlier earlier communist regime that had taken his grandfather's life and I remember knowing that this was it and that He he was ready and I said to him. You know if one of these groups that you sell to were detonate one of these devices that would cause immense suffering for these friends and family that you're talking about and he said no we're not we're not engaged in this war I wouldn't have any back for my people and slowly and gently pointed out that it would you know the this kind of weapon of mass destruction anywhere in the world being needed would create such fear globally and the environments of fear create need more autocratic governments not fewer and allow for more clampdowns like the one that had killed his grandfather not fewer and destroy not build them up and the suffering he was experiencing would would only be exasperated by it and increasingly fearful climate and you know he at some stage said something I can do about it and there. Was this very pregnant pause where I think he. And I both knew that there was and that's S. was going to be the moment that we were talking about and I asked him. You know if not us who if not now when archimedes said. Give us a lever in a place to stand and we can move the world and we have that we are in place waist stand in. It's our job now to move the world and a Safer Direction Yaacov and you know he he was fearful but we. We had built an immense amount of trust and I remember him very distinctly saying will rely be safe. What do you want me to do do you work for? And that's the moment that you say. Yes I worked for. And he said it's going to arrest me and I said no you know where we're old friends. We can do far better than that. You know we can work together to change history to prevent a catastrophic attack and I think I saw yes in his eyes before he said it. There's as long pause but we got them and he ended up being immensely useful in preventing an attack attack. That would have cost tremendous civilian casualty. Count you know. I think often the movies show the more paramilitary aspects of ca but in my experience. That's not really. What makes the agency special? What makes the agency special is that at its best? It's it's a job is to listen to befriend to build relationships with to find common ground with our enemies enemies in order to make those enemies friendly enough that the attacks they're planning or the attacks of their facilitating don't go boom and not takes a lot of trust on both sides but when it works it does more more to preserve national security than any military strike ever could Amaryllis Fox served for a decade as a CIA undercover agent. She describes the experience in a new book called life undercover coming of age in the C. I. A. I spy is a production of foreign in policy. Our executive editor is Dan. Ephron Rob Sachs and Amy Mackinnon helped produced today's show the interview with Fox was conducted by Amy mckinney mckinney. It you have tips or suggestions. Please write to us. I spy at foreign policy DOT COM. If you liked the show please subscribe live on your favorite platform and leave a review foreign policy. Subscribers can go to our website to hear bonus episodes of I spy with additional excerpts and in interviews. If you're not a subscriber go to foreign policy dot com slash subscribe for access to all of the magazines great content next week on the show. Eugene Hossan US delivered arms to countries in Nicaragua until missile shot his plane out of the sky. Well well everything was going smoothly and missile hit the aircraft. It just rolled everything was on fire. My parachute was on my back. In the back Gore was wide open so ideal out and when I opened my shoot I looked up in Saudi aircraft. Co. By and there's just nothing but a ball of flames going in that episode next week on. I spy I'm Margo Martindale and.
Federal Workers Poised To Get 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave
"Twelve weeks of paid parental leave. That's the new benefit about two million. Federal workers are on the cusp of getting thanks to a landmark proposal. Making its way through Congress. The House passed the measure. edger today. And it's part of a proposal expected to pass the Senate and eventually become law. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports on what this means for workers. When her son was born? Four months ago Becky Williams cobbled together. Whatever leaves she could certain amount of annually amount of sick leave? Perhaps we could get a little bit of we donated Through like a leave big or something but at least in our particular situation leave without pay was not an option Williams works as an analyst for the US State Department. She got just three weeks weeks off not nearly enough time to spend with her new baby. You definitely rely a lot on the videos and the pictures but now for the first time. Federal workers could qualify for three months off after the birth or adoption of a child that I did it you could be at home for twelve weeks would be a real game changer. I think for people myself included paid paid leave. Policies have rapidly expanded in recent years. Many companies Sweden there leave benefits to recruit and retain workers also eight states and the District of Columbia have passed laws requiring many employers to offer pay leave not just for new parents but also for sick and elderly care such measures poll oh well. Among voters and Garner rare bipartisan support including from the trump administration the estimated cost of the new measure is about three billion dollars Sherri really want is co-president of a better balance worker advocacy group. She says that's support comes in part out of recognition that the need for leave touches nearly every worker. The people have been working towards this for years and years and years but advocates likely want want to see national paid leave policies extend to every worker after all federal employees make up a small fraction of the overall workforce and pay leave remains relatively uncommon fewer than one in five workers. I have it. It's even more rare among low wage workers. Also this latest congressional proposal would not allow federal employees to use the twelve weeks to care for elderly thoroughly parents or to get a surgical procedure for example and Becky Williams. The State Department worker argues people need leave for any number of reasons. She wishes Che's she had leave when another child. A baby passed away three years ago. The unexpected loss of a child. The last thing you want to deal with HR but in the coming thing because there's no extended bereavement or leave for bereavement. Wendy Chun Hoon is CO director at family values at work she says policy makers should look at why people take unpaid leave under the family and medical leave. Act What we know from that experience. Is that seventy five percent of leave. Takers take leave. Need leave for reasons other then new childcare to an Hoon says she expects state legislatures to continue to push for broader paid family leave laws which in turn will keep the pressure on the. US Is Congress. Now the country is a really you know big and important conversation about national policy to provide paid family and medical leave for the entire workforce forced. That's not a question of if she says but of when you can Gucci N._p._R.. News Washington.
NPR News: 06-18-2020 3AM ET
"Live from NPR news I'm Shay Stevens the former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot ray short. Brooks is charged with Felony Murder Garrett Ralph faces ten other counts, Fulton. County District Attorney Paul Howard allegis. Ralph used excessive force Mr Brooks Nevo presented himself as a threat. At the very beginning, he was peacefully sleeping in his car. After, he was awakened by the officer. He was cooperative Howard allegis role kicked brooks after a shooting him in the back while his partner Devon Brosnan stood on the suspect shoulders. The incident occurred following scuffle, and in the midst of ongoing protests against police, brutality and racial injustice. The brother of George. Florida's asking the UN Human Rights Council to set up a commission of inquiry into racism and police brutality in the United States as NPR's Michele. Keleman reports an urgent council meeting on the subject was cold by African States. The loan is floyd is asking the Human Rights Council. In Geneva to seek justice for the police killing of his brother, the wearing rubber torture and murder on camera is the way people are treated by police and a miracle. He wants the Human Rights Council to investigate police killings of black Americans. The trump administration pulled out of the UN human. Human Rights Council ambassador and Bromberg who represents the US at UN. Agencies in Geneva says the US is not above scrutiny and is committed to addressing its shortcomings, but he says racism is a problem in many countries that must be addressed Michelle Kellerman NPR news Washington the white. House is seeking an emergency temporary restraining order to prevent the release of a book by John Bolton. The former national security adviser alleges the president pleaded with China's leader Xi Jinping to help him win reelection, Bolton writes that trump told she at a twenty nineteen summit in Japan. That Democrats were hostile to China. The Justice Department is asking a Federal Court to block the book's publication, which is planned for next week Arizona's governor, Doug, Ducey says citizens of his State can be required to wear face masks in public to stem the spread of Covid, nineteen Ducey, who had pushed back against local jurisdictions, wanting to mandate face coverings now says Status Corona virus hotspot. I showed two weeks ago that there was not a trend here. There's just a lot of data and information. On this graph. Looking at the last two tranches of data the last two weeks of data there is a trend and the trend is headed in the wrong direction Ducey is calling up the national guard and his telling all Arizonans that they should wear a mask and try to stay home of the more than two point one million confirmed covid nineteen cases in the US nearly one hundred eighteen. Thousand of them have been fatal. This is NPR news. US, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ordering members to wear masks during committee hearings role tightening comes amid a spike and covert nineteen cases in many states, and after several Republican lawmakers refused to cover their face at a hearing last week. Pelosi's order does not apply to the House floor. The government of has announced tougher measures to stop the rapid spread of covid nineteen there. As NPR's fellow raised report, the country is one of the hardest hit and Latin America. The capital Santiago has been under lockdown for weeks yet and infections continued to saw. Today only has a population of eighteen million yet. It has more than two hundred twenty thousand confirmed cases of Corona Vars. Only eight other nations have more some. Chileans say one reason. The viruses spreading is because, too. Many people ignore quarantine rules now the government's tightening. These Santiago residents will only be given police permission to leave their homes to go shopping twice a week. Instead of five, those who break the quarantine rules risk heavy fines or up to five years in prison briefs. NPR News. A federal judge says the US State Department must recognize the daughter of Gay Maryland couple as a US citizen. The baby girl was born in Canada via surrogate last year. The State Department had argued that the girl was born out of wedlock. Because only one parent has a biological link. The case is one of five challenging. How the trump administration has applied citizenship to same sex couples. On Asia market shares are lower. U. S. futures are lower in premarket trading following a down day on, Wall Street This is NPR news support for.
Gettin' Fresh: Impeachment Inquiry, Boeing Whistleblower, Algae
"It's Wednesday October second. Welcome to skim this. We're breaking down the most complex stories of the day and giving you the context on why they matter today today we're diving into the US State Department and why it's getting pulled into Congress's big impeachment inquiry into the president then a senior engineer at Boeing is claiming the company Nixed mixed proposed safety system that might have helped prevent a pair of deadly crashes over the last year and finally researchers may found a new use for the scum of the Earth Pond scum that that is we're here to make your evening smarter. Let's skim this. Today's episode Sodas brought to you by John Hancock. They have over a hundred and fifty years of financial expertise to help you plan for the future. We have ten minutes to give you the news. It's the most complicated story today is about the fresh drama between the US State Department and Congress as House Democrats accelerate their big impeachment inquiry into the president so we're GONNA get into why the State Department is getting dragged into the drama in Washington how the department is pushing back against how stems and how lawmakers are responding responding quick recap last week the White House released a transcript showing trump asking Ukraine's president for a favor actually a couple of favors but the main one was to help his personal lawyer and the US attorney general dig up dirt on former VP Joe Biden according to a whistleblower the White House tried to conceal the contents of the call and then tried to make it seem like the whole thing was nbd. Now more people are coming out and talking about it including Secretary of state. Mike Pompeo today on the phone call was on the phone call when asked whether the call we now know he was listening to raise any red flags pompeii dodged inch but either way the fact that he was listening in now makes him a key witness as Democrats look into the president's actions. The State Department's been wrapped up in the story in other ways to impart because of some comments by Rudy Giuliani the president's personal lawyer it turns out that Giuliani's been pretty active in the past few you months on the whole getting dirt on Joe Biden thing going so far as flying to meet personally with advisors to Ukraine president which has raised all sorts of questions sounds like whether trump was misusing his office by sending his personal lawyer to advance his personal interests but Giuliani's push back on those allegations saying you know semi talked foreign officials the US Department Carey was on CBS over the weekend in an interview with Margaret Brennan so don't do this on my own. I did it at the request of the State Department and I have all of the text messages to prove it and I also have a thank you from them from doing a good job. Yuliani has said a man named Kurt Volker. The special envoy for Ukraine was the one who put him in touch with Ukraine whether or not that's true who volkers now a former diplomat last Friday volker abruptly resigned booth nothing to see here so what are Democrats in Congress doing with all of this turns out a lot remember. The House of Representatives which is run by Democrats is investigating whether to impeach President President Trump won first step was subpoenaed Giuliani which how stems have already done check before it looked like the dynamic between the White House and Congress was the main ones watch but now the State Department is getting dragged into the impeachment inquiry big time last week how stem subpoenaed Secretary Pompeii Oh for documents related to their Ukraine investigation the also said they'd made appointments for five different State Department officials to come in for a chat or technically depositions positions to share what they know and now the State Department is fighting back yesterday. pompeo wrote a letter accusing Democrats of trying to intimidate the State Department department officials. He said the democratic committees were trying to give the executive branch of the government the runaround by having people come in for depositions without giving them enough time talk to their personal lawyers or St Department lawyers. I so pompeo saying I'm just trying to protect State Department diplomats from Democrats who want to quote bully them but some House Democrats say it's the other way around that pump was later was an attempt to intimidate these diplomats into not complying. We don't don't know whether that's the case or not but we do know one thing that the White House has been outright refusing for awhile now to comply with a lot of orders coming from house. Democrats everything everything from turning over trump's tax returns or explaining why trump's son-in-law got a security clearance so it's possible they could do that again here what the Democrats do if that happens they could try holding administration officials in contempt of Congress which sounds bad theoretically it could mean federal prosecutors bring actual charges but those prosecutors report to the Justice Department led by a trump appointee not so it seems unlikely that they're Jonesing to do that in any case House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff said today. We've got another move here that instead of the threatening contempt we'll treat any stonewalling as evidence in our impeachment investigation any effort by the secretary by the president or anyone else breath to interfere with Congress's ability to call before it relevant witnesses will be considered as evidence of obstruction of the lawful functions of Congress so what's the skin some parts of the government. The White House seem happy to do battle with Congress over impeachment but the Washington Post reported today that diplomats at the State Department are worried. They're getting caught up in political drama. They don't WanNa be a part of one person who could be feeling that squeeze is the State Department Inspector General. He's kind of like your toby from the office. He's a stage permit. Watchdog who we should say was appointed to the Gig by President Obama he told House and Senate that committee that he wanted to pay an urgent visit today debris staffers about documents related to the State Department and Ukraine but we don't know what he said in that closed door briefing or for what he thinks of all this drama so Intrigue Act Two begins tomorrow when the former special on whether Ukraine Kurt Volker the guy who just left his job on Friday testifies before the House Intelligence Committee despite Pompeo's best efforts to stop State Department people from going so buckle up because we're just just getting started coming up. A corporate whistleblower is suggesting Boeing may have been able to prevent fatal crashes involving. It's seven thirty eighty seven Max plane if it wasn't so focused on saving money after the break stay at Skim this. We're here to help you get ahead of the curve serve. We'll give you what you need to know today so you're ready for tomorrow and maybe for years to come preparing for tomorrow also means thinking about your financial future retirement and life life insurance here and now even if you don't think it's time to start even if you have no idea where to begin. That's why we're partnering with John. Hancock to help you figure it all out together together. We're making it easier to live smarter plant smarter and face the future whatever that looks like for you go to the skin dot com forward slash future to learn more it if you feel like you're hearing a lot about whistleblowers recently. You're not wrong. Here's a new one. His name is Curtis eubank and he's a senior engineer at Boeing the airplane manufacturer. Apparently you bank filed a formal internal ethics complaint earlier this year saying the company had taken shortcuts. When it comes comes to safety to save money. You might remember that in the last year two. Boeing seven thirty-seven Max eight airplanes crashed killing three hundred hundred and forty-six people both planes nosedive soon after taking off due to a glitch in the automatic safety system after the second crash all the Max eight models were grounded that was six months ago and investigations have been launched by the Justice Department Transportation Department the Securities and Exchange Commission and committees in the House and Senate since then there have been reports of former and current Boeing employees privately discussing problems with both the design and management of the planes and today the New York Times and the Seattle Times reported on a complaint Boeing sent to the Justice Department in which you bank claimed the company prioritize profits over safety specifically quickly when it came to the seven thirty seven Max planes he see as he was working on the cockpit systems eubanks said his team wanted to add new safety upgrades that might have stopped the automatic safety fifty system. We talked about earlier from being triggered but according to this complaint managers turned the team down they said pilots would have to be retrained which takes time and cost money you bang said this happened years ago but that he waited to file this internal whistleblower complaint because he was scared word of retaliation you left Boeing after constructing the seven thirty seven Max and now he's back and there's a law called Sarbanes Oxley that supposed to protect whistleblowers blowers who work at publicly traded companies like Boeing today. A Boeing spokesman said that the company supports employees who raise these kinds of concerns apparently apparently Boeing's the one who handed eubanks complaint to the Justice Department in the first place meanwhile the Max planes are still grounded Boeing. CEO told Fortune Fortune magazine recently they'll be back in action soon the head of the FAA said back in August that that won't happen until he sure the plane is safe as not follow any time line for returning the aircraft to service rather. We're going where the facts lead us and diligently ensuring that all technology and training is is present and correct for the plane returned to pass service a survey from earlier. This summer found that even if the planes do end up back in the skies people plan to avoid flying on them for at least the year so Bowen still got a lot on their plate to bigger out before we go today. We've got a fun fact about algae. You know the stuff you find floating at the top of lakes turns out. It has the capacity to do all kinds of things for the environment. The oil extracted from algae can actually be turned into biodiesel gasoline or jet fuel. It can also be turned into a bioplastic and be three. D. Printed into everyday household items. One company even says it's created a prototype of an algae based bio reactor. That's four hundred times better than trees at absorbing carbon dioxide doc side and the atmosphere so algae not just the pond scum of the earth but maybe Earth's best friend uh and that's all skim this things listening and be sure to hit subscribe so we're in your feet every weekday. Also we love podcast reviews so if you can please go to apple podcasts and rate and review skim this and if you don't already sign up for a free morning newsletter the daily skin by heading over to the skin dot com.
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